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Rare Neck Adornment

Xhosa, Southern Africa. £750

Rare Neck Adornment. Xhosa Culture, Southern Africa

This Xhosa neck adornment consists of multiple sections of a very rare sweet-scented wood - a type of wood that was reserved for decorating the necklaces of Xhosa nobility. Small nineteenth-century red and white glass beads, in which the red beads are of the white-heart variety, are spaced between each wooden segment. This strand of beads and fine wooden pieces culminates in a solid bronze clasp, used to fasten the necklace together.

Estimated Period: Late 19th/Early 20th Century

Ex Private Collection, UK

Mounted: 27.5cm (H) x 31cm (W)

Reference

Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Image Credits

Photographs of display cases from the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Photograph of Zulu Woman - Taken by Otto Witt, ca. 1896. Ethnografiska Museet, Sweden (ID No: 0010. 0016)

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Mounted: 27.5 x 31 CM
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