Isikhetho - Zulu Beer Strainer
Country Of Origin
30 cms (12 ins)
Coated copper wire
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.
- Spirit of Africa Southern Africa by Design. Clayarch Gimhae Museum. Korea. 2007. Fig.111
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