Necklace

Description
Imitation claws are normally made out of bone rather than wood. Made by people who could not afford real animal claws (cf. examples strung with large, chunky ovoid red beads, worn by chiefs or people who are upwardly mobile). Looks like it contains giraffe hair – technique with fine beads and animal hair is likely to relate to southern area of Colony of Natal. Late 19th century. Real power claws are associated with the chief as he is a liminal figure, tapping into forces of nature and culture using both to enforce their rule.
Accession Loan No.
69/1921/4
Collection Class
Personal ornament
Common Name
necklace
Simple Name
necklace
Full Name
necklace
Dimensions
whole length 190 mm; whole W 122 mm
Cultural Group
Zulu
Production Year High
1921
Production County
Southern regions of Colony of Natal into Cape Colony and Griqualand East (now southern KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape)
Production Country
South Africa
Production Area Region
Southern Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
?hair; ?horn; metal
Collection Area Region
S
Collection Continent
Africa

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