Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bridal choker
  • Xhosa peoples
  • bridal choker, mid 1900s–1965
  • Where object was made: Transkei, Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • ox hair, beads, shell, string
  • Object Height/Width: 28 x 27 cm
    Object Height/Width: 11 x 10 5/8 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0230

This long fringed choker is made from the light-colored tail hair of an ox. It is doubled over and crocheted together with string and gives the appearance of three wide stripes of coloration (light brown, tan, light brown). It has loops of white beads on either end and one has a shell button for closure.

It is thought to be made from the tail of the ox killed for the wedding feast.