South Africa, Zulu, mid 20th century / Covered Beer Pot (ukhamba) / Mid 20th centurySouth Africa, Zulu, mid 20th century
Covered Beer Pot (ukhamba)
Mid 20th century

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Creator Nationality: Zulu
Creator Name-CRT: South Africa, Zulu, mid 20th century
Title: Covered Beer Pot (ukhamba)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1933
Creation End Date: 1966
Creation Date: Mid 20th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: earthenware, basketry
Dimensions: Diameter: 45.7cm, Overall: 33cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.13.a
ID Number: 1999.13.b
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Style or Period: South Africa, Zulu, mid 20th century
Context: This large, beautifully shaped vessel was used for the serving of beer, an essential component of Zulu hospitality. Undecorated vessels were for private household use, and ornamented examples were reserved for guests. Zulu pottery is produced by women, and is typically thin-walled, with a burnished black surface. Decoration may be incised around the shoulder, as in this example, or may consist of raised bumps that resemble body scarification. The basketry lid protects the vessel's contents from flies or debris; contemporary pot lids are often woven of telephone wire with a colorful plastic coating
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.13.a-b
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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