Contemporary Zulu Pot by South African Artist Thembi Nala

$ 675
  • Description
    Zulu Beer Vessel by Thembi Nala. Signed on the bottom dated 1998.

    Thembi Nala was taught by her grandmother, Siphiwe, and by her mother, Nesta Nala. Aged 12, she began sculpting guinea fowl birds in clay. Later her mother taught her to make pots in the traditional Zulu way. As South African art museums and galleries began to recognize virtuoso ceramics, Thembi Nala established a career in her own right. She decorates vessels with low-relief figures and scenes, but also makes pots of classic Zulu form and decoration.
    Zulu pots, made for the ritualized brewing and consumption of sorghum beer, are spiritual vessels, linked to the ancestors who govern all fertility. Pots are decorated, blackened, and burnished to please the spirits. Undecorated brewing pots are especially sacred because fermentation is a metaphor of conception.
    Offered by J R Richards
    Los Angeles. Ancient & Antique Contemporary Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and African Ceramics and Pottery.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: South Africa
    Period: 1980-1999
    Styles / Movements: African, Traditional
    Patterns: Contemporary/Modern, Handmade, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 690474
  • Dimensions
    W. 5.5 in; H. 4.5 in;
    W. 13.97 cm; H. 11.43 cm;
Message from Seller:

I became interested in the Ceramic Arts; specifically Ancient Chinese Pottery, when my brother Marc; also an art dealer, introduced it to me over 20 years ago. Since then I traveled throughout Asia; including Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, in search for those special pieces that appeal to the discerning collector, as well as the Designer Market.

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