The ithembu collar is the foundation of all adult Xhosa beaded costume, with one or more neckband or necklaces worn over it.
This elegantly beaded collar in the more mature colours of dark pink and dark blue, would have been worn by an older man or woman. This piece probably dates to the 1940s. There is some very minor bead loss to the innermost row of blue beads, visible on the close up. Dliameter of collar diameter 36 cm /14 inches. Width 12 cm / 5 inches.
Condition: Good comndotiom overall,single loop closure over button missing, a small gap in the right hand edge at the bottom.