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Xhosa Beaded Necklace Amapasi Front and Back South African Art

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Brand Unbranded
Title Xhosa Beaded Necklace Amapasi South African Art
Type of Object Beadwork, necklace
Country of Origin South Africa 
People Xhosa
Materials Beads, mothr-of-pearl buttons
Approximate Age 1960's-1970's
Height (in) 16
Width (in) 6
Depth (in) 18
Dimensions Large Squares: 8" x 4.75" ; Small Squares: 2.5" x 1"; Total Lenght: 30"
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair broken strands with a few missing beads

This is a "3D" piece which hangs down both fronbt and back of wearer.

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