KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Mid-late 21st century
4.9 kg | 36cm H x 37cm D
The uphiso is a low-fired clay vessel, distinguished among Zulu pottery by the presence of a neck. Izimpiso are used for transporting water and utshwala, a traditional sorghum ‘beer’. Ritual beer drinking is an integral part of Zulu culture and utshwala is served at all customary gatherings; from births, weddings and funerals. Utshwala is the essence of hospitality and communality among the Zulu.