Collection Artwork
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vessel for serving beer (Izikhamba)
blackened terracotta
Gift of Bill and Gale Simmons
South Africa, Zulu, Africa

Object Label

Zulu beer pots, such as the two exhibited here, clearly communicate ideas of the domestic and economic realms. Beer, a staple Zulu food, provides considerable nutrition, but also a socially and ritually necessary medium for communication and cooperation among kin. The decorative patterns on the vessels differ according to region and reflect Zulu interests in decorative arts and their unique visual culture.

From the exhibition: African Pots and Gender (November 14, 2009 – January 3, 2010)

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African Pots and Gender
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