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Collar (Ingqosha)

Arts of Africa

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.
MEDIUM Glass seed beads, sinew
DATES early 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
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CAPTION Xhosa (Thembu subgroup). Collar (Ingqosha), early 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.86.14_acetate_bw.jpg)
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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.
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