|African Pottery - Zulu Ukhamba Pot - 10 Inches Across - #55055|
10 Inches Wide
4.5 Inches Tall
10 Inches Deep
You will receive the exact pot shown here, made by Thembi Nala.
Meant to be passed from person to person, this is the most common type of Zulu pot. Sitting in a circle and sharing a drink from the same pot strengthens the sense of community during ceremonial gatherings. Traditionally, the top of the pot would be smooth, like a cup or a bowl, but modern pieces meant for home decor can feature raised designs on the rim of the bowl. In a different area of the Zulu region, the name "Ukhamba" is used to describe a type of basket used for drinking and storing beer. They are known as "Beer Baskets."
- The pottery in the Baskets of Africa comes from two different countries, Zululand in South Africa and Botswana. Both types of pottery share key characteristics:
- The vessels are made for the production and sharing of ceremonial beer.
- The recipes for making the clay and the methods of creating the pottery are cherished family secrets which are passed from mother to daughter.
- The art form is not as common as it once was, and is in danger of being forgotten.
- You will receive the exact pot pictured above.