This is a one-of-a-kind approximately 60 year old decorative collar from the Xhosa, Mfengu or Nguini peoples of South Africa—the tribe of beloved Nelson Mandela.
The Xhosa people of the eastern Cape region of South Africa have a long history of beadwork. The uses of beaded jewelry and decorative clothing continue today in the more rural areas. The Xhosa Collar is traditionally worn by young men during festivals and dance ceremonies as a way to symbolize status.
To prevent fading of the artwork, we recommend you keep out of direct sunlight.