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Zulu Impontshi Spoon Bag

Tribe Dynasty

Zulu

Country Of Origin

South Africa

Region

Eswowe

Date

Early 20th century

Size

10.8 x 21 cms (4¼ x 8¼ ins)

Materials

Ilala palm or incerna grass, glass beads

Technique

Basketry and beadwork

Condition

Some bead loss

All Zulu adults had a personal spoon that was for their use only. The spoon was kept in its own fibre woven pouch called an impontshi. In this case, the fibre pouch was custom made for the purpose with a simple zig-zag lattice design on the back. This highly embellished example is only decorated with beadwork on one side like most others. It was collected by Peace Corps volunteer Peter Nelson in the 1970s but undoubtedly pre-dates this period considerably.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2161

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