MAASAI COLLAR NECKLACE - RARE BEADED BLACK & WHITE AFRICAN TRIBAL HANDMADE JEWELRY FROM TANZANIA Masai

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MAASAI COLLAR NECKLACE - RARE BEADED BLACK & WHITE AFRICAN TRIBAL  HANDMADE JEWELRY  FROM TANZANIA  Masai
  • $350.00

    $500.00

MAASAI COLLAR NECKLACE
RARE BEADED BLACK & WHITE AFRICAN TRIBAL HANDMADE JEWELRY ORNAMENT FROM TANZANIA
Maasai beadwork embodies the whole of Maasai culture representing beauty, strength, tradition, warriorhood, marriage, age sect, marital status, social status and their deep love and devotion for their cattle. When women get married a special wedding collar is made for them by their mother and represents the whole of their village, traditional wedding collars have several beaded strands hanging off the collar these strands represent the dowry (#of cows) that will be given for the bride; although this collar is reserved for the wedding day women will wear similar layered collars in everyday life and in ceremonies as a sign of wealth and beauty. For both Maasai women and men beauty is a very important aspect of Maasai culture and the beads are used as a form of adornment throughout everyday life, ceremonies, and rites of passage and is often given to visitors as a sign of gratitude and respect.
White: Represents purity and health symbolizing the color of cow’s milk that provides sustained nourishment.
Black: Symbolizes unity, harmony and solidarity, representing the color of the people and the daily struggles they endure each day.
 
The collar is one piece, an amazing piece of art, previously worn and traded with a Maasai woman in Tanzania. 
This would make a great addition to any collection, or can be hung as decor in a room.  
The piece measures 12.5 inches wide and 13 inches long, inner diameter is 6.5 X 6.5 inches.  
Each bead is 1/8 inch. 

 

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