Ear rings (5) - wood, perspex, bolt nails - MSINGHA - ZULU - South Africa

Description
Ear rings (5) - wood, perspex, bolt nails - MSINGHA - ZULU - South Africa
1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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.

Lot details
Total nr of items
5
Object
Ear rings
Indigenous object name
MSINGHA
Ethnic group/ culture
ZULU
Region/ country
South Africa
Material
wood, perspex, bolt nails
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
0×0×0 cm
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