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Container for Serving Beer (Ukhamba)

A work made of terracotta.

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  • A work made of terracotta.

Date:

1990s-early 2000s

Artist:

Mncane Nzuza, Zulu (born 1950)
Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

About this artwork

Expert ceramist Mncane Nzuza, the maker of this pot, is celebrated for her skill: her innovative creations are deeply valued in Zulu society and highly sought after at home and abroad. Serving and sharing ceremonial beer, made with a sorghum malt, from an ukhamba pot is an integral and traditional way to honor ancestors at communal celebrations. A member of Nzuza’s Zulu community commissioned this pot directly from the artist for that purpose.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Artist

Mncane Nzuza

Title

Container for Serving Beer (Ukhamba)

Origin

South Africa

Date

1990–2020

Medium

Terracotta

Dimensions

37 x 59 cm (14 9/16 x 23 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

African Decorative Arts Fund

Reference Number

2020.326

Extended information about this artwork

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