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Xhosa Beaded Collar with 10 Long Strands South African

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Title Xhosa Beaded Collar with 10 Long Strands South African
Materials Beads, buttons, strings
Approximate Age 20th Century
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair some beads are dirty, a few buttons are slightly loose
People Xhosa
Necklace Length 12 inches
Strand Length 46 inches


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.


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