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San Ostrich Shell Bead Headband

Tribe Dynasty

San

Country Of Origin

Botswana

Region

Southern Africa

Date

Circa 1900

Size

27 x 5 cms (10¾ x 2 ins)

Materials

Ostrich shell beads and sinew

Technique

Beadwork

Condition

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.

References

  • Margaret Carey. Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa. Shire Ethnography. Aylesbury. 1986. pp.35. Fig.27

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2305

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