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Vessel for Serving Beer (Izikhamba)

A work made of blackened terracotta.

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  • A work made of blackened terracotta.

Date:

Mid–20th century

Artist:

Zulu
Hlabisa region, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

Among the Zulu, pottery is a specialized art form that is practiced by skilled women who make wares for family use and for sale. While many of the same forms of pottery—including the round-bodied and lipless beer-serving vessel—can be found across Zululand, there are distinctive regional styles of decoration. Potters in the Hlabisa region use a comb to inscribe thin, closely spaced lines into the wet clay. On this pot these form a textured panel of delicate ridges around the body that is intersected by a smooth zigzag band at the shoulders.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Northern Nguni

Title

Vessel for Serving Beer (Izikhamba)

Origin

South Africa

Date

1925–1975

Medium

Blackened terracotta

Dimensions

24.1 × 29.2 cm (9 1/2 × 11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Keith Achepohl

Reference Number

2005.261

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