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Xhosa Beaded Necklace Amapasi South African Art

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Title Xhosa Beaded Necklace Amapasi South African Art
Materials Beads
Made In Kenya
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Broken strand.
People Xhosa
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).
Brand Unbranded
Style Beaded
Type Necklace

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