Pair of ear plugs

Zulu peoples
mid 20th century


Object Place: South Africa

Dimensions

Overall (Each): 1.9 x 5.7 cm (3/4 x 2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5347.1-2

Medium or Technique

Wood, plastic

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

In addition to headwear and beaded neckrings, Zulu women also wear large ear plugs. The combination of colors, particularly red, green, white, dark blue, and black, in Zulu women’s adornment is called umzansi. This combination of colors and shapes is meant to frame the face.

Provenance

Between 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift