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Xhosa Beaded Collar with 7 LONG Strands South African

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Special Price $120.00 Regular Price $150.00
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Materials Beads, buttons, strings
Approximate Age 20th Century
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair some beads are dirty, a few buttons are slightly loose
People Xhosa
Necklace Length 14 inches
Strand Length 64 inches
Brand Unbranded
Style Beaded
Type Necklace

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.