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Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace South Africa

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Title Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace South Africa
Materials Beads, button, leather
Approximate Age Mid 20th Century
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair cut strands with a few missing beads
People Xhosa
Object Size 13 inches long around neck and 4.5 inches wide.


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 uses 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.


A beautiful Xhosa Beaded Collar Necklace  Old African Like Mandela's. 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