Unidentified Xhosa artist. Waistband with Fringe, late 19th or early 20th century. Glass seed beads, seeds, sinew, 16 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. (42.5 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. George Hadden, 52.80.2.
Africa | A Xhosa betrothed girl’s fringed necklace proclaiming her virginity | An elegant plain white fringed necklace, the only decoration being the four black diamonds at the centre. The typical significance of this pattern is that her bride price is four head of cattle and that she is still a virgin, as the centres of the diamond shapes are solid white.