Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova- Ukhezo (Wooden spoons)

Ukhezo (Wooden spoons)

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Zulu, KwaZulu Natal, late 20th century
Wood | Collection Valeria Ianigro
40cm length

These elegant wooden spoons are made solely for eating sour milk, amasi; a foodstuff so important to the Zulu people that many rituals and taboos are directly associated with its consumption. A newly married woman was given a new set of spoons by her father in a ceremony called imbuzi yokhezo. The spoons, like all Zulu wooden sculpture, were carved exclusively by men. They were personal items, decorated and had their own special woven pouches.
In a contemporary setting they are not only exceptionally beautiful items, they can also be used as effective implements.