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Zulu Beer Vessels (N° 22184)

The history, classification and geographical prevalence of beer vessels, now nearly extinct from Zulu life, are now comprehensively presented for the first time and scholarly documented. Brewing beer has a long tradition among the Zulus, South Africa's largest ethnic group. The drink was traditionally prepared by women at home in ornate ceramic vessels specially made for the purpose. This book aims to present the rich palette of styles of these vessels in all their beauty and save them from oblivion. While there are certainly many studies of African ceramics, the profound works that survey individual regions are not among them. It is surprising that they have not been discussed until now, as earthenware vessels were an integral part of everyday life and gave insight into many aspects of local culture and social change. The colorful history of the Zulus since the early 19th century, including the violent racial segregation of recent years, has accompanied a golden age of traditional arts and crafts that have served as both a source of identity and a bond with their ancestry. In the Zulu-speaking region there is a wealth of forms and decorative elements unparalleled in South African ceramics. This current publication documents this influence of colonial policy and subsequent apartheid laws on the style and prevalence of popular beer vessels.

Author: Frank Jolles
Publisher: Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Condition: NEW
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 240 x 245mm
ISBN: 978-3897904231

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Weight1.31 Kg

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