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Zulu Carved Platter Ugqoko South African Art

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Title Zulu Carved Platter Ugqoko South African Art
Type of Object tray , Platter
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 2.5 Inches
Width: 10 Inches
Depth: 26.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair several cracks, some repaired. a residue (of food?) remains


Additional Information: A Zulu wood carved tray or platter in oval form ending with a handle on each side. The face of the platter is divided into five sections.  The patter stands on  four legs and has superb patina! 

This well carved and used tray shows much handling and good age. It is carved in a single  hard  wood locally found. Such trays  were used with great formality to serve meat (especially goat and cattle) during various rituals and in special events like weddings . Most of them are beautifully embellished with motifs in relief  because they were also used as lids  for other platters. 

See The Art of Southeast Africa from the Conru Collection, 2002, fig. 68

See also Lindsay Hooper, Domestic Arts: Carved wooden Objects in the Home. p. 87, in Zulu Treasures. Amagugu KaZulu. 1996, figs. W65, W66