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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

Some Zulu necklaces, Msinga area, 1960s, South Africa

 

 

In these notes, I deal with 3 examples of beaded necklaces made by the Zulu people of Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Continue reading “Some Zulu necklaces, Msinga area, 1960s, South Africa”

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MILK PAILS, ZULU, FROM SOUTH AFRICA

 

Like drumming, the rhythm and staccato sound of udders being milking is one associated with memories of pastoral Kwa-Zulu natal in by-gone times. Continue reading “MILK PAILS, ZULU, FROM SOUTH AFRICA”

MEAT PLATTERS, ZULU, SOUTH AFRICA

 

Meat- quickly seared and crisped on the edges, may be a culinary anathema to the European palette, but it is beloved by most in Africa.

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Nguni spoons, spoon holders, snuff spoons & containers

 

Savouring culinary delights normally comes with an understanding of the complex etiquette required, but these notes deal specifically with the utensils involved.

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BLANKETS – ART OF THE BASOTHO

 

corncob design Aranda blanket

Kobo ke bophelo- the blanket is life.

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BEERPOT COVERS OR MBENGE, ZULU PEOPLE. S. AFRICA

 

Beer pot covers, Zulu people. S.A.

 

An amusing name termed  “flies in the milk “ describes the Nguni cattle hide that is predominantly white with black specs. But flies in milk or beer, are no laughing matter.

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AMAMFENGU BEADWORK, EASTERN CAPE. S.A.

 

 

loveletter, amaMfengu people, (4cm x 5cm)

 

Arguably, of all Southern African bead work, the artistry of the amaMfengu people of the Eastern Cape is the most beautiful.

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Nok terracotta part 2

 

CONCLUSION.

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Nok terracotta – a discourse in progress

 

 

Nok terracotta has gripped the imagination from the earliest discovery of clay fragments by Bernard Fagg in 1928, to the current discourse surrounding them in 2016. Continue reading “Nok terracotta – a discourse in progress”

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