Africa | Zulu beer vessel. Early 20th century. | Zulu beer vessels often carry geometric designs as can be seen in this example. The small raised dots making up the design are made by applying small balls of clay to the surface. Many Zulu vessels are blackened and polished by rubbing fat into the surface.
Zulu Beer Vessel, South Africa height 8 1/2 (20.6cm) of spherical form with slightly tapered opening; glistening black surface highlighted with a butterfly pattern of incisions. Provenance: Fred Jahn, Munich Private American Collection Published and Exhibited: Out of Africa, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, December 2010, fig. 28 Estimate: US$ 1,000 - 1,500 €760 - 1,100 £630 - 940