necklet (neck ornament (personal adornment))

Long tasseled pendant, with yellow, blue and white chains of beads. Isicenge (pl. Izicenge), necklet, worn by abafana, (young men) iintombe zabafana (girls who consort with youths) and ("for fun") by abafazana (young women). Pendant strands-uvitana amadada, short double fringe -idiliza, band with motifs-isiqwegwe sidiliza. Moftis-imibala. Strung on cotton.

This object and others were collected by Erich H. Bigalke. According to Anthony Shelton, Bigalke was enlisted as one of a number of 'outside fieldworkers' to collect on behalf of the Horniman Museum. Bigalke collected among the Xhosa and 'neighbouring groups' and the collection was made in cooperation with the East London Museum in South Africa. Presumably, the Horniman Museum’s catalogue details are based on information provided by Bigalke’s (for example, his fieldwork notes). It might be useful to refer to Bigalke’s published work, for example, Bigalke, 1972. See also Shelton, 2003.

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