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Xhosa Beaded Necklace Choker Blue White South Africa

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Title Xhosa Beaded Necklace Choker Blue White South Africa
Materials Glass
Made In South Africa
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Overall Condition Good to fair. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair No clasp on this necklace
People Xhosa
Object Size 6-8 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Necklace Length 11 inch
Pendant Size 2 x 3 inches. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 24 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