Beaded Neck Collar - Xhosa People, South Africa - Sold
Beaded Neck Collar - Xhosa People, South Africa - Sold
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Beaded Neck Collar - Xhosa People, South Africa - Sold

Description: For the Xhosa people of South Africa, one
of themost public forms of personal expression are beaded
courtship neck ornaments, such as the one pictured above.
The wearing of beads signifies well-being, purity and
revelation and is symbolic of the communication received
from the ancestors. Among the Xhosa, the amount and type
of beaded regalia alters throughout one's life stages -
adolescence, puberty, adulthood, marriage, etc.. Xhosa
women use beadwork to express personal feelings, hopes
and concerns, while men use beadwork to create a positive
public image. Additional symbolism and information can be
found within specific colors of Xhosa beadwork:

COLOR SYMBOL Yellow Fertility; worn strictly by men
Green New Life; worn strictly by men
Dark Blue Youth
White Purity or wealth; worn by diviners or healers
Pink Poverty
Red Associated with chiefs

Dimensions: 14 1/2" length 1 1/2" width x 1/3" depth 6 1/2" inner diameter

This collar was collected many years ago and still remains in
absolute pristine condition.
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