South African Zulu Woven Grass Spoon Pouch ‘Izimpontshi’

South African Zulu Woven Grass Spoon Pouch ‘Izimpontshi’

1800 to 2000 South Africa

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A South African Zulu Woven Grass Spoon Pouch ‘Izimpontshi’
Decorated with glass beads
With label attached reading: ‘ ‘Isimpontshi’ a traditional Zulu wooden spoon holder obtained from a Kraal in the Hluhluwe district of Zululand’
Early 20th Century

Size: 20cm high, 11cm wide – 8 ins high, 4¼ ins wide
With label attached reading: ‘ ‘Isimpontshi’ a traditional Zulu wooden spoon holder obtained from a Kraal in the Hluhluwe district of Zululand’
Clotted or sour milk called ‘amasi’ was a basic food in every Zulu homestead. Children ate the curds with their hands, but adults would use a personal carved wooden spoon, which was kept in a woven grass pouch. These ‘Izimpontshi’ were traditionally given as engagement gifts.

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Woven Grass with glass beads
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