Hand Crafted Multi Metal Bust of a Male Zulu Elder
The Zimbabwean artist Caspar De Vari creates these multi metal busts. The busts are cast out of various metals copper, brass, aluminum and zinc silver. This piece is signed and numbered and comes with an authenticity certificate, making this unique piece a limited edition. The most incredible thing about Caspers'; work is the fact that he has managed to capture such fine detail in each, from the facial expressions to the texture of a fabric. This statue is of a Zulu Man; he is wearing the traditional earpieces.
Height : 5 inches Length : 3 1/2 inches
Width : 3 inches Weight : 2lbs
The Zulus are very proud people and are very conscious of the word "Zulu" as it means "heaven". They believe that because of this, they are a chosen nation. From a very early stage in their lives, Zulu children are taught to respect their elders. This is perpetuated throughout their lives and is very clearly seen in an Umuzi where the old grandfather is still alive. He must be consulted and his wisdom sought in all tribal and home matters.
On entering a Zulu Umuzi (or residence), certain important customs must be observed. The entrance to the Umuzi is always at the far end, directly opposite the entrance to the cattle stockade. The exit is behind the huts. On entering, you must approach the huts from the right hand side, never from the left. The reason being that the visitor must pass all the huts on the way to the main hut. If this custom is not observed, it is felt that the visitor is not approaching with friendly intentions. The head of the Umunzi always occupies the right hand side of the hut, the women the left side. On entering the hut, you remain seated after greeting the inhabitants. You will now be asked your purpose for being there.