The Art of Southeast Africa: From the Conru Collection
The art of southern and eastern Africa, unlike the better-known traditions of central and western Africa, has been overlooked until recently. The complex history of the region, marked by the migrations rather than settled kingdoms, and the very nature of the objects produced, seen as craft artefacts by western eyes, are the main reasons for this relative obscurity. The objects illustrated and catalogued in the book include rare figural sculptures, jewellery, regalia, prestige staffs carved with ornamental heads and decorations, walking/fighting sticks, headrests, snuff containers and the occasional ornamental but useful adornments which double as combs and snuff spoons. The source of distinctiveness for the artefacts of the southern African region lies in the pastoral and specifically nomadic nature of the cattle culture shared by the majority of the peoples in the region. The functional beauty of the objects and their small size are linked to the necessary ease to take them along as the need to mo
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19,h century Wood African Art amasumpa amongst ancestors art production artist associated beadwork bowl brass Brussels Cape Town carved carvers cattle century Horn century plate cm KC Colony of Natal communities cultural Dance staffs David Lewin Durban Eastern Cape Eastern Cape Nguni European example Exhibition finial h century head headrests headring indigenous Johannesburg Art Gallery Jonathan Lowen Kafirs Klopper Knobkerrie knobsticks Kreli KwaZulu-Natal left to right legs London Publication loops metal H Mozambique Museum Neckrest Zulu Nettleton Nguni 19th century Northern Nguni 19,h Northern Nguni/Zulu objects ornament patina Pietermaritzburg pipe Probably Tsonga Probably Zulu Provenance Seward Kennedy shaft Shaka shape Snuff container Southern Snuff kerrie Snuff spoons South African Southeast African region Southern African pieces Southern African region Southern Sotho Staff Northern Nguni sticks style surface Swazi symbolic Thembu Tsonga Tsonga-speaking Tsonga/Shangaan Tswana Venda Wood and metal Wood H Xhosa Zulu 19,h century Zulu king Zulu kingdom