Zulu Beer Pot – South Africa

Horizontal ranks of pointed amasumpa nodes cover almost the entire surface of this Zulu beer pot, or ukhamba, to dramatic sculptural effect. Usually deployed in low relief, here the clustered motifs push boldly beyond the decorative or utilitarian with a prominence that nearly abstracts the form. This beautiful vessel was made by Hlenge Langa and owned by Beki Ndlovu, a traditional herbalist (nyanga).

Mid-20th century
Ceramic
8” h  8” w
Provenance: Bill Simmons, New York
#524
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