Pair of ear plugs
mid 20th century
Object Place: South Africa
Overall (Each): 1.3 x 5.4 cm (1/2 x 2 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
Between 1980s and 1990s, acquired in Paris by anonymous donors; 2009, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)