San Ostrich Shell Bead Headband
Country Of Origin
27 x 5 cms (10¾ x 2 ins)
Ostrich shell beads and sinew
Minor bead loss
The San, the aboriginal people of Southern Africa, lived a traditional nomadic hunter gatherer existence in the Kalahari desert, which stretches across parts of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. They wore ostrich shell headbands, aprons and strands as adornment. The ostrich shells were originally used for holding and storing water and if broken they were then laboriously made by women into small beads for their own use and as trade with neighbouring Bantu tribes.
- Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa. Shire Ethnography. Aylesbury. 1986. pp.35. Fig.27 .
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