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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

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”

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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”

SKIN DEEP – mark making in Southern Africa

 

Mark making on skin, like body painting, inking and keloids satisfies diverse needs in Southern Africa.  This practice still underpins rituals, is used for therapy, consolidates identity and defines status. It is used for adornment, is deliberately edgy for sexual attraction, can convey a veiled threat and above all clarifies our humanity.

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