Xhosa Beaded Collar with 7 LONG Strands South Africa
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.
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Strand Length: 64 inches
Made In: Africa