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AMAGUGU IV – TREASURES (article first published : 2002-01-24)

Over 1001 traditional items of Zulu art and craft have been collected by the African Art Centre for Amagugu IV – Treasures exhibition which is to run from February 19 February to March 8.

“This year we have managed to collect some rare earplugs and very special wooden headrests, meat trays and milk pails and other wooden household utensils,” says African Art Centre director Anthea Martin. “We also have some very interesting Zulu beadwork from 14 areas in KZN - Greytown, New Hanover, Msinga, Weenen, Kranskop, Ndwedwe, Eshowe, Maphumulo, Ulundi, Nongoma, Nkandla, Estcourt, Bergville and Pongola.

“From Transkei we have Pondo beer baskets, plus rare beadwork from the Thembu people of the Cofimvaba area. We also have a few rare Bhaca pieces,” Anthea adds.

There will be a walkabout on Amagugu IV - Treasures on February 20 when Robert Papini of the History Museum will focus on the beadwork displayed. A further walkabout will take place on February 27 (leader to be announced) which will concentrate on the wooden utensils featured in the exhibition. Both walkabouts will take place from 12h00 to 13h00

Preview and purchasing for South African public galleries and museums will be available on February 18 from 09h00 to 16h00. A further preview and purchasing date for collectors is February 19 from 09h00 to 16h00. Educational institutions may request special talks from Hlenge Dube on 031 304-7915.

The exhibition will be opened by Dr. Gerry Salole, representative for South Africa, The Ford Foundation, at 18h00 on February 19. There will also be a performance by the well-known isicathamiya group Durban Black Drifters.

The African Art Centre is situated on the 1st floor Tourist Junction, The Old Station Building, 160 Pine Street, Durban. Phone 031 304-7915 or 301-2717 or e-mail: afriart2@iafrica.com




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