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Isikhetho - Zulu Beer Strainer

Tribe Dynasty

Zulu

Country Of Origin

South Africa

Region

KwaZulu-Natal

Date

20th century

Size

30 cms (12 ins)

Materials

Coated copper wire

Technique

Wrapped wire-work

Provenance

David Lewin Collection

Beer pervades Zulu culture. It is drunk on an everyday basis as well as at ceremonies and rituals. The traditional beer was made by women from sorghum and was drunk, mostly by men, while fresh and not fermented. Spoons such as this, were used to skim the sorghum flotsam off the surface of the beer during the brewing process.

Traditionally these spoons were basketry made from fibre. This beautifully constructed example is made from coated copper wire and probably dates from the mid 20th century.

Publications

  • Spirit of Africa Southern Africa by Design. Clayarch Gimhae Museum. Korea. 2007. Fig.111

Price

Price on request

Reference No

1981

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