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Short articles on African Art and tips for enthusiasts

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, (4 x 5cm)

 

Arguably, of all Southern African bead work, the artistry of the Fingo 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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Ndebele Beadwork, part 3

ndebele mapoto3

In this 3rd part on Ndebele beadwork I list garments worn by women and girls.  I briefly discuss curio items, reflecting on the fact that to fully represent the beading tradition, the production of beaded curios needs accommodation into the stylistic corpus of the people.   Continue reading “Ndebele Beadwork, part 3”

Ndebele Beadwork part 2

Ndebele design development, colour and innovation in the 20th century is revolutionary. The impact on viewers was a big, bold aesthetic that took your breath away: initially, in the 1920s, with its pristine clarity and technical finesse and by the 1970s, with bold colour and audacious proportions. The abstract imagery, classical symmetry and rhythm of architectural design is distinctive only to the Ndebele people.

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