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beaded choker
  • Zulu peoples
  • beaded choker, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • beading
  • Object Length/Width: 33 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3360
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Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The band of white beads has five horizontal ridges with two round blue beads at the end of each ridge. The bottom of the choker has a band of open triangular beadwork. There are five beaded flaps stacked on top of each other in the center.
Flap 1 has a white field with a black checkerboard outline with blocks of dark blue, pink, yellow, red and medium blue.
Flap 2 has an orange field and a black checkerboard outline with blocks of medium blue, white, yellow, red, green and pink.
Flap 3 has a blue field and a black checkerboard outline with blocks of yellow, white, pink, orange, red, green.
Flap 4 has a white field and a black checkerboard outline with blocks of dark blue, red, pink, yellow, medium blue and red triangles at the corners.
Flap 5 has a white field with two stepped triangles in red, with the bases connected to the same yellow square. There are pink and green triangles at two sides of each stepped triangle. The design is outlined in black.