Necklace; Sebaga



Necklace; Sebaga




Body Adornment


Physical Description: A Tswana girl's beaded necklace or headband. This necklace is made with seven triangular pendants attached to a beaded band. The beaded band consists of a double row of blue beads with a zig-zag of red and white beads as the centre of the band. The pendants are made of blue, red and off-white coloured beads arranged as chevrons. The necklace is secured in place using a shirt button as a fastener. [Royal Pavilion & Museums]
Contextual Description: possibly made for tourists from Mafeking. [Notes from Tshepo Skwambane and Neil Parsons initial visit to view objects, 2017]
Contextual Description: WT 48:37 You could even give this to a woman as a sign of your love even even before proposal, just give it to her shows that he This is what you feel very…

SL 48:49
very interested in.

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: 440 mm
glass; Metal




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.

This object was on display in the exhibition 'Missionary Collectors' in the James Green Gallery of World Art, from July 2004 to January 2005.
William Charles Willoughby
Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa


Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
Cultural Group: Tswana


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