Zulu Beaded Necklace Msinga 1940s Safety Pins South Africa For SaleTitleZulu Beaded Necklace Msinga 1940s Safety Pins South AfricaOther NamesIsijolane necklaceMaterialstrade beads, safety pins, tacks, stringMade InSouth AfricaApproximate Age1940sOverall ConditionGood.Damage/RepairDirt and general wear.PeopleZulu, Msinga areaObject Size22 inches long, beads are 5mm in diameter.
Additional information: Zulu beadwork has been valued as currency, as decoration, and as a marker of identity. Disingwayo the uncle of Shaka and Shaka himself, controlled the bead trade and monopolized not only the beads themselves but also the colors and designs available to groups within Shakaâs control. Beadwork became a status symbol and an important item of personal expression as well. Stylistic variations of beadwork such as pattern, color and color sequence indicate area or group affiliation. Colors and patterns take on more personally expressive meanings as in the case of Zulu âlove letters.â Recently beadwork has become a symbol of political identity as well, with color and pattern indicating political affiliation. Instead of beads being worn only by the conservative, traditional members of the community, wearing beadwork is increasingly being seen as reclaiming a cultural identity.
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