Mounted Beaded Assemblage  - Xhosa People, South Africa
Mounted Beaded Assemblage  - Xhosa People, South Africa
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Mounted Beaded Assemblage - Xhosa People, South Africa

$3,600.00
Assemblage of heirloom pieces from the African Heritage trust collection.
The Xhosa people were herders & farmers. Bags called ‘Inxili’ were used for carrying tobacco for recreation as well as for rituals.
Smoking was a portal that would allow the individual on earth to communicate with the ancestors for protection.
A Xhosa person is introduced to the culture of tobacco from birth to death, such that when someone passes away it is sometimes said that Inqawe uyibakile – ‘they have laid down their pipe’.
Beads were used to decorate clothing & other objects of value.
The fringed skirt - ‘inkciyo’ was worn from a young girls initiation and throughout life.
The beaded collar is a traditional necklace called ‘Ingqosha’.

Height: 41 1/4" x Width: 23" x Depth: 4" - mounted

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