|Title||Xhosa Beaded Necklace Amapasi South African Art|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Object Size||3 mm diameter.|
|Necklace Length||18 inches. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).|
|Pendant Size||1.5 x 1.5 inches|
|Strand Length||30 inches (including string/raffia).|
Additional Information: A superb necklace from the Xhosa, worn around the neck. 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.
For similar examples worn by young Xhosa see similar adornments in VANISHING CULTURES of SOUTH AFRICA by Peter Magubane and also, DRESS AND ADORNMENT by the same author.
See also EZAKWANTU. Beadwork from the Eastern Cape. 31 October 1993-29 May 1994. South African National Gallery
see a similar example in Marie-Louise Labelle, Breads of Life. Eastern and Southern African Beadwork from Canadian Collections, 2005, fig.63, p. 83