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c1900 South Africa Textured Earthenware Ukhamba Jidaga Pot
  • c1900 South Africa Textured Earthenware Ukhamba Jidaga Pot
  • c1900 South Africa Textured Earthenware Ukhamba Jidaga Pot
  • c1900 South Africa Textured Earthenware Ukhamba Jidaga Pot
  • c1900 South Africa Textured Earthenware Ukhamba Jidaga Pot

c1900 South Africa Textured Earthenware Ukhamba Jidaga Pot

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£500.00


Product Description

A finely crafted late 19th/early 20th century earthenware vessel that comes from the Zulu people, of South Africa.

It consists of a flattened sphere of dark clay, with the outside surface given a textured finish by rolling a fibrous cord over it. It is finished by a very shallow neck with indentation from string or wire decoration. The black carbon build up on the base is evidence that this vessel has been used frequently as a cooking vessel.

The ritual beer vessel, from the Zulu people is called an Ukhamba. In other regions of Africa it is referred to as Jidaga. The word Ukhamba is a Zulu word for a vessel, a reservoir, and a protector of that which is valuable and good for physical and spiritual nourishment. It is a central piece in the rite of social fellowship and that rite itself is treated with respect and studied deference.

Size: 21 x 17.5 cm (8 ΒΌ x 7 inches)
Weight: 1363 g

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