necklet (neck ornament (personal adornment))

Wood and bead necklet made of short lengths of wood threaded onto a cord, with blue beads. When hung up, the wood lengths fall into a spiral shape. The part of the cord around that goes around the back of the neck is made of leather, and is attached with a pale green glass bead.

This necklet would be worn by a new bride only for the first few months of marriage. The short lengths of stem are from Tecomaria capensis.

There is a yellow label attached to the object, which reads: 'Necklet of wood and beads. ?Xhosa / Zulu - South Africa / B/30'. There is a piece of paper connected with the object, which reads: '235/3A No. 3. Xhosa. Necklet (igcakata). Worn by new bride only, for first few months of marriage. Short lengths of stem of Tecomaria capensis + fibre & beads.'

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