Beer Pot

Nyakusa

East Africa

22" diameter

DESCRIPTION

Beer was an essential part of the Zulu diet and life, as well as showing ‘honlipha’ or paying respect to the ancestors, which they believed were present during whenever they drank beer. Made from fermented maize or millet made by women. The women also made the vessels that the beer was prepared in as well as kept in. The smaller pots such as this one were made of fine clay and water. Using a series of layers or coils to achieve the proper symmetry and shape, decorated, then re-fired and polished with ash or fat mixtures after being ground smooth with pebbles . The black finish was deemed to please the ancestors to ensure spiritual protection.  This example is decorated with half moons and incised ridges that surround it in its entirety. A high gloss black ash patina covers the base.

CONDITION

Very good

Provenance

Ex Jacaranda New York

DATE

Early 20th century

Dimensions

22" diameter

PRICE

4,000

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