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Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace Museum Exhibit African Art

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Title Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace Museum Exhibit African Art
Type of Object Collar
Country of Origin South Africa
People Xhosa
Materials Beads, button, leather, sinew
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 16.5 inches around the neck x 4.75 inches longĀ 
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair wear, clasp and beads broken falling off, missing a few beads in design


Provenance: From a collection of African-made beads and beadwork

                     displayed at the South Dakota Art Museum in 2011.


 

Additional Information: The Xhosa of the eastern Cape region of South Africa have a history of beadwork as long as that of the better known Zulu and Ndebele. The use of beaded garments, bags, jewelry and objects continue until today in the rural areas. Called Icangci,  this Xhosa necklace was  traditionally worn by young initiates Xhosa man during dances and ceremonies as a sign of their status. Up to date both men and women were seen wearing such collars during ceremonies.


This is a  beautiful Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace similar to the one worn by Mandela. Nelson Mandela is Xhosa. There is a well-known picture of him as a young man, barechested, wearing a necklace like this one. See photo of  in a portrait published in Ezakwantu: Beadwork from the Eastern Cape, fig.27, p.56.


See also pictures of contemporary men and women wearing similar necklaces in Vanishing Cultures of South Africa by Peter Magubane, pages 28-30. For a similar piece see also Labelle, Marie-Louise, Beads of Life. Eastern and Southern African Beadwork from Canadian Collections, fig. 114, p. 123


 


Recommended Reading: Labelle, Marie-Louise, Beads of Life. Eastern and Southern African Beadwork from Canadian Collections, 2005


Peter Magubane, Vanishing Cultures of South Africa ,  Struik Publishers Ltd, 1998


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.

Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.