This is a Fabulous Vintage Red, Yellow, Blue, White and Green Beaded Geometric Long Triangle and Large Pendant on a White Beaded Strap from the Zulu Tribe of South Africa. Zulu beadwork language uses the triangle as base geometric shape and seven base colors: black, blue, yellow, green, pink, red and white which can be used to convey positive or negative meaning.The triangle represents the father, mother and child. A downward triangle represents an unmarried woman. For many Zulu and other relocated peoples of Southern Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, beaded jewelry, garments, and other accessories became important markers of identity. Beadwork was a visual marker of social position, marital status, ethnic affiliation and location of the family’s homeland. Zulu beadwork has its traditional use is as a form of communication between men and women. Beading was done by women and usually taught to them as girls by their mother or an older sister. The colors and designs of a woman’s beaded jewelry communicates her home, family, marriage status, and dozens of other messages. Often, Zulu women will help men interpret another woman’s jewelry. Zulu beads are made in the shape of a triangle, which represents a family of man, woman, and child. The meaning of the beadwork depends on the size, orientation, arrangement, and color of the beads. This beautiful Zulu beaded pendant necklace would be a wonderful addition to your collection or home.
Shows age, but in good condition. This size is Rare and a Collectors Item.
64" long Top to Bottom
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