Zulu African Ceremonial Spoon Replica as Female Nude 13.25H -
Zulu Ceremonial African Spoon (Zoulou, late 19th century)
The Zulu People live in what is now the South African province KwaZulu-Natal. Compared to other peoples in Africa, the Zulus did not produce a lot of sculptures. Most of their artwork consisted of utensils like cutlery and head rests. But of what is known, their artwork is usually of high artistic quality characterized by beautifully stylized forms, often decorated in a geometric style.
The Zulu Tribe have a history of producing a great variety of ceremonial sculpted spoons. These were only used at special occasions. Normally one ate with the right hand. But during a festive meal or a ceremony, the spoon was used to share the food which was sometimes scarce. According to Zulu-custom, the cutting of a spoon was a man's privilege and it had a great symbolic value. For example, a young bride was not allowed to share a meal with her husband before her family had exchanged a goat with the groom's family. This animal was named the goat of the spoon because the bride received a spoon at the same time. This special spoon was stored in a basket woven by women.
This particular Zulu Spoon has been shaped in the form of a female nude body. It is elongated in a stylized manner, quite graceful and beautiful.
- Zulu Ceremonial Spoon is made from collectible quality resin with a wood finish.
- Comes with a metal stand as pictured.
- Measures: 13.25 in H x 2.5 in W x 2.5 in D. Weight 0.4 lbs.
Statue replica is from the highly collectible Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection. Parastone has recently added an African Collection of cultural artifacts. (PN AFR02)
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