Pitt Rivers Museum Anthropology and World Archaology





Probably South Africa

Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers founding collection

Given to the Museum in 1884

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Beadwork, probably South Africa

In South Africa, Zulu people marked important stages in their lives by wearing different coloured beads. When a girl fell in love with a man, she made him a bead necklace, and made herself a matching set of bead jewellery. This Zulu neck ornament was collected by William Augustus Lane Fox-Pitt, who was Pitt Rivers’s third son. He fought in the Zulu wars and donated the objects he acquired to his father.

View database record 1884.76.4