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Late 19th Century Tribal Zulu Milk Pail


Handsome milk pails such as this example were made by highly skilled Zulu carvers and were commissioned by the heads of homesteads. This beautiful pail contains clear references to the female form. On opposing sides of the vessel are double truncated cone forms, functional in use as carrying handles but symbolically representing breasts, to be read in conjunction with the swelling "belly" of the pail. On either flank is found a single, diagonal panel of raised amasumpa motifs another reference to female bodies, which were decorated with cicatrices of this type.       


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  • Date of manufacture
    Late 19th or Early 20th Century
  • Dimensions

    H 11.75 in. x W 6.5 in. x D 6.5 in.

    H 29.85 cm x W 16.51 cm x D 16.51 cm

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    New York, NY
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