This is extra ordinary Old Wood Zulu Wood Carved Tray or Platter in oval form ending with a handle on each side from South Africa. This tray is carved out of a single piece hard wood with four legs. Such trays were used with great formality to serve meat (especially goat and cattle) during various rituals and in special events like weddings. This well carved and used tray shows much handling and good age. This wonderful handcrafted wooden Zulu meat platter is known by the local Zulu people as an ugqoko. The wood used does vary but in most cases the Zulu would use the Kiaat wood that is found locally in South Africa. The wooden Zulu meat platter or serving bowl is oval in shape and is set in the colors of the natural wood. The Zulu serving plate is an important item that is in daily use today and has handles on the side of the meat platter for easy handling. The meat tray was carved to be functional, but decorative at the same time. The styles & sizes of meat platters vary. Generally they consist of 1 large rectangular bowl with rounded corners flanked on each end by handles. The platters are often times placed upside down over another platter to act as a cover. The platters were routinely smeared with the fat of ritually slaughtered animals which has been associated with the idea of ancestral protection. A wonderful tray to add to your collection or home.
Shows much age and use, weathered wood, cracks, but overall in good condition. These Zulu platter is old and hard to find.
25 1/2 long handle to handle
21 1/2" long platter
3 1/2" deep
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