Zulu Baskets - South Africa

Gertrude Hance was an American Presbyterian missionary working in South Africa during the late 1800s. She appreciated the material culture of the region and collected these very finely made baskets during her stay. Both baskets are lidded and one has a footed base. Note the amasumpa motifs on the smaller basket (made by twisting the grass on itself), a recurring design in southern African art.


Zulu
Grass
Late 19th century
Left: 8 1/2" H
Right: 7 1/2" H
Collected by Gertrude Hance between 1870 and 1899 and thence by descent to her heirs
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