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Necklace (South Africa)

This is a necklace. It is dated late 19th–early 20th century and we acquired it in 1931. Its medium is glass beads, metal fasteners and its technique is woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Patterned beadwork was traditionally worn by Zulu and Xhosa women and men to indicate status and rites of passage. Necklaces such as this could also be used for communication between courting couples.

This object was donated by Sarah Cooper Hewitt. It is credited Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 5.1 x 54 cm (2 x 21 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Necklace (South Africa); glass beads, metal fasteners; H x W: 5.1 x 54 cm (2 x 21 1/4 in.); Gift of Sarah Cooper Hewitt; 1931-25-7

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