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Zulu Spoon Figural Woman's Body South Africa Art

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Title Zulu Spoon Figural Woman's Body South Africa Art
Type of Object Ceremonial spoon
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 22 Inches
Width: 2 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 Minor scrapes, scratches

Additional Information: Zulu Figural spoon in the form of a finial standing female figure with a spoon bowl on the top. Dark, natural worn patina!

Zulu spoons were carved by men only, out of a variety of hard and soft woods indigenous to the KwaZulu area. They were used with great formality. Each spoon had a handwoven basketry holder, made by women. Spoons had to be placed in a specific pattern around a communal food dish, and not left standing in it , to avoid sympathetic magic--food sticking in one's stomach. In households with more than one wife, each would have commissioned for her a set of spoons. A young bride could not share the milk and meat of her husband's home until the gift of a goat had been exchanged between her husband's and father's families. The goat was known as the "goat of the spoon," for with it was given the spoon with which the wife would eat sour milk and other food in her husband's household. I fell in love with Zulu spoons when one was the cover object on a Sotheby's catalog some years ago. In a year of traveling through South Africa, by far the best collection we saw was in the KwaZulu Cultural Museum in Ulundi.

Recommended Reading: See Lindsay Hooper's article "Domestic Arts-Carved Wooden Objects in the Home" in "ZULU TREASURES"-AMAGUGU kaZULU.