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Xhosa Beaded Collar with 12 Long Strands South African

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Title Xhosa Beaded Collar with 12 Long Strands South African
Materials Beads, buttons, strings
Approximate Age 20th Century
Overall Condition Good. 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 some beads are dirty, a few buttons are slightly loose
People Xhosa
Necklace Length 10 inches
Strand Length 54 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