Zulu Beaded Panel Necklace - South Africa

A gorgeous Zulu beaded panel necklace showing excellent preservation. A classic South African palette has been used to great effect here, particularly in the rich serenity of the vivid blue panel, which draws the eye deeply into lake-like negative space.

Panel necklaces of this type would have been used as just one part of a dazzling, layered ensemble of beaded items. This piece is in uncommonly intact condition and can still be worn.

Zulu
Glass beads, fiber, brass
Early 20th century
15" L
Panel: 2 1/2" H
#415
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