Necklace; Sebaga



Necklace; Sebaga




Physical Description: Necklace or headband consisting of a leather thong with beaded triangular pendants in chevron designs of white, black, blue, red, pink and turquoise beads. It fastens with a white button.
Contextual Description: WT 49:18Maybe Scobie it looks like something that would be tied around the head. But for the, for some [form] or something that's

SL 49:27
something to try to look more attractive.

WT 49:30
Because you know, Willoughby was very much interested in...

SL 49:33
it goes back to beads being rare. Instead of having, the whole thing made out of beads did make these little triangles and then attach them to

WT 49:42
what I'm saying is that Willoughby was very much interested in divinations, and in other things, the traditional way of doing things, this one looks more like something that goes around the head for someone with

SL 49:54
Well, here that's the same pattern

WT 49:58
but this one was beads. They suddenly no

SL 50:01
one could afford the beads so they went with these up here they didn't have money to buy all the beads they use leather but its still the same design.

The above notes are from a transcription by Kathleen Lawther of a discussion between Gase Kediseng, JoAnn McGregor, Nicola Stylianou, Scobie Lekhuthile and Winani Thebele which took place at the Khama III Memorial Museum on the 5th of August 2019. To listen to the full recording please follow the link below.


Making African Connections


Pre 1899




Whole: 500 mm x 60 mm x 7 mm




Collected by Reverend William Charles Willoughby, a Christian missionary, in what was then the Bechuanaland Protectorate (1885-1966). It is now the Republic of Botswana, having gained independence from Britain in 1966.
From 1889-92 Willoughby was pastor at Union Street Church, Brighton (now The Font pub). From 1893 to 1898 he worked for the London Missionary Society in Bechuanaland. He assembled this collection of objects during this period. This was a period of social and technological changes and these objects represent traditional lifestyles and skills, rather than the contemporary lives of the people Willoughby met.

Willoughby's collection was loaned to Brighton Museum in 1899 when he returned to the UK. The loan was converted into a donation in 1936, and accessioned as acquisition R4007.

Some objects were re-numbered with the WA (World Art) numbering system in the 2000s. These numbers have been reverted to the original R4007/... numbers where possible for consistency in 2019.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa


Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana


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