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African Hemp and Shell Necklace Found in South Africa

A striking African necklace woven from hemp designed to showcase a collection of polished shells found in South Africa. Please notice the unusual shape of this necklace with its dramatic outline. For centuries shells have been used as markers of wealth in nomadic cultures especially when they are matched and polished and intact. They were frequently woven into a necklace in order to keep them safe and in one place but also as a display of the wearer's status. Pieces like this example were used on special ceremonial occasions and worn for display as part of the ritual to demonstrate the power and influence of a senior person. The unique texture of the hemp against the beautiful colours and gleam of the shells makes for a powerful effect. To showcase the sculptural attraction of this native piece it has been mounted on a custom iron stand.

# BH49A

DIMENSIONS

12.00" w x 4.25" d x 25.00" h

30.48cm w x 10.80cm d x 63.50cm h

$1,132.00

A striking necklace woven from hemp designed to showcase a collection of polished shells found in South Africa. Please notice the unusual shape of this necklace with its dramatic outline. For centuries shells have been used as markers of wealth in nomadic cultures especially when they are matched and polished and intact. They were frequently woven into a necklace in order to keep them safe and in one place but also as a display of the wearer's status. Pieces like this example were used on special ceremonial occasions and worn for display as part of the ritual to demonstrate the power and influence of a senior person. The unique texture of the hemp against the beautiful colours and gleam of the shells makes for a powerful effect. To showcase the sculptural attraction of this native piece it has been mounted on a custom iron stand.