Originally, these earplugs were made and worn by men who worked in the mines.
Later on, the earplugs were brought back to their residences, and the women continued the tradition of wearing them.
The earplugs were always made by men, among the Zulu.
The first pair is a black pair, decorated with a round iron nail .
This is the first original type of earplugs that the Zulu men wore.
The earplug in which 4 round nails are in the middle is a very rare type, completely out of wood.
The other two are perspex earplugs, but no pairs.
It often happened that the owner of the earplugs lost one and then had another made.
Dimensions : the black wooden pair: 60 x 10 mm approx. both.
the wooden with the four round nails in the middle : 60 x 12 mm.
the two others: 54 x 10 mm.
An extensive English documentation will be included for the buyer.
- Total nr of items
- Ear rings
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- South Africa
- wood, perspex, bolt nails
- 1st half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 0×0×0 cm