Ithunga: Milk Pail (KwaZulu-Natal People, South Africa)

Ithunga: Milk Pail (KwaZulu-Natal People, South Africa)

15 x 5.5 x 5.5 ″Hand carved of hardwood.This Ithunga milk vessel was designed and constructed by the KwaZulu-Natal People in the Province of South Africa. Often, these milk pails are styled with a delicate motif located below the neck. Some have breast-like designs, thereby invoking associations with the female form, lactation and fertility. Milk pails of this kind are never used for storing milk, which is decanted into typically, clay pots. Decanted milk pails are then placed upside down on wooden poles, whereby they are left to drain and dry between milking sessions. These vessels are considered as heirlooms and passed down from one generation to the next.

Tribal Now. 2017.


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Dimensions 5.5 × 5.5 × 15.0 in



Hand carved of hardwood.


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