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Vessel (Ukhamba)

A work made of blackened terracotta.

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  • A work made of blackened terracotta.

Date:

1970/90

Artist:

Azolina MaMncube Ngema (1936-2015 or 2016)
Zulu
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

Within Zulu communities, serving sorghum beer to family and guests creates a sense of hospitality, maintains social cohesion, and functions as the primary means for communicating with ancestors. Ornamented vessels like the one displayed here, with textured patterns and blackened surfaces, enhance the experience both socially and spiritually. Women make them by using a coiling technique without a wheel. The decoration both enlivens the container visually and makes it easier to grip the surface.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Azolina MaMncube Ngema

Culture

Northern Nguni

Title

Vessel (Ukhamba)

Places

South Africa (Object made in), Africa (Object made in), Province of KwaZulu-Natal (Object made in)

Date

1970-1990

Medium

Blackened terracotta

Dimensions

26.7 × 31.7 cm (10 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

O. Renard Goltra Fund

Reference Number

1996.435

Extended information about this artwork

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