African Collar Turkana Beaded Necklace

$122.40 $144.00

The beaded collars and necklaces make the Turkana one of the most distinctive and recognizable population. Women who wear numerous necklaces of colored beads that can weigh up to 11 pounds. The huge elaborate necklaces are a representation of the social status of the wearer; for women they have such an important value that are never removed, except in case of illness or bereavement of a relative, and men do their best to enhance and increase the number of necklaces of their wives. Since their birth, girls receive from their fathers necklaces made with bright colors like red, green, blue and yellow; when they reach 20 years of age, or the age of marriage, they have accumulated the maximum of necklaces that can be worn; with marriage they will have to sell their necklaces to younger sisters and since then only wear necklaces that are given by their husbands; if they become widow, they will replace the colored necklaces with completely white necklaces. Turkana women wear beads and never take them off except when mourning or in an event of ill health. In fact, women who don’t wear beads are avoided by men of the tribe. Lovely vintage necklace to adorn your home or add to your collection.

9 Inches x 9 Inches Outside to Outside
6 Inches x 6 Inches Space Inside
1.5 Inched Deep


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