Delaire Graff Estate, Africa Nova- Early-Mid 21st century

Zulu Uphiso (Beer Pot)

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KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Mid 20th century
Pit-fired clay
7.2 kg | 46cm H x 39cm 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.