Icangci (Broad Collar)
This necklace would have been worn by a young man along with an ensemble of other necklaces, belts, and head, arm, and leg bands as an indication of his new adult status, following circumcision. Visually setting off the head from the rest of the torso, it would have provided a background for other beaded neck ornaments.
- Culture: Xhosa (Thembu subgroup)
- Medium: Glass seed beads, sinew
- Place Made: Eastern Cape Province or Free State, South Africa
- Dates: early to mid 20th century
- Dimensions: Lower curve length: 27 x 5 in. (68.6 x 12.7 cm) Upper curve: 15 in. (38.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 66.86.14
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Blum
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Xhosa (Thembu subgroup). Icangci (Broad Collar), early to mid 20th century. Glass seed beads, sinew, Lower curve length: 27 x 5 in. (68.6 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Blum, 66.86.14. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Flat color type neck ornament of woven beadwork, composed of twisted double strands joined by three-bead vertical units. Beaded in bands of colors involving a system of solid colors with borders. Edged with larger greyish white beads. Shirt button and loop closing. Red brown sinew used in beading. Technique: flat single-face.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)