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African Sterling Silver San Art Bracelet with Giraffe, Antelope and Hunters.

Sterling Silver and San Art Bracelet
Sterling Silver and San Art Bracelet
Item# mixo015

Product Description

Sterling Silver and San Art Bracelet

Bracelet Size:
Width: 1/4 inch
Length: 7 inches
Weight: 11.4 grams

Hand Crafted in South Africa

This unique bracelet was hand made in Johannesburg by a jeweler who grew up in Soweto, after studying the art of jewelry making, he then decided to combine the modern mediums with ancient African mediums; the result is a unique and beautiful piece of jewelry.

This unique bracelet is hand crafted out of Sterling Silver, it is made up of six links each with a different Bushman or San painting cut out of the silver. The links are textured giving this piece a beautiful aged feel.

About African Jewelry.

Owning a piece of African jewelry is more than owning a piece of jewelry its possessing a world of culture and history in its own beautiful form. Even though there is history and meaning behind each piece, it’s the art in the jewelry that grabs the attention of most collectors.

African jewelry is an ancient and time honored art form that reflects the art of African heritage, culture and history. There are several artistic, religious, spiritual and cultural elements of African heritage visible in each uniquely crafted piece of jewelry.

Around the turn of the 10th century, when bronze work was common, crafting these pieces became more intricate. Bronze pieces were normally decorated with ivory or precious stones and several of these pieces were identified with royalty. Beads have also played a very important role in African culture and can be seen today in many of the beautiful pieces of jewelry created by the skilled craftsmen who make them.

Modern African pieces still remain true to the same historic values and meanings of the past. These values represent different elements of African culture and reveal the importance of each piece of jewelry, which in turn makes them so special to collectors and art lovers everywhere.

The history and meaning of each piece of jewelry is unique. It is said that owning one of these pieces provides hope, wisdom and well-being to its owner. So start your own ‘art’ collection today.

About the Bushmen.

When 4000 years ago nomads came into contact with the much longer established hunter-gatherers of Southern Africa, they called them San meaning food gatherers. In the 17th century the Dutch colonized the Cape of Good Hope and called the hunter-gatherers of the plains “Boschjemannen” which translates to Bushmen. Bushmen are the longest surviving tribe of Southern Africa they are descendents of the Stone Age people.

About Rock Art.

The Europeans who first saw the Rock Art were fascinated but dismissive of their importance. Now days the true value and meaning of their art is being deciphered and appreciated., their art not only shows actual events that happened but are messages full of intricate and complex nuances in the symbols, metaphors and religious meaning.

About the Giraffe.

Early written records described the giraffe as "magnificent in appearance, bizarre in form, unique in gait, colossal in height and inoffensive in character." Ancient cultures in Africa revered the giraffe, as some modern cultures do today, and commonly depicted it in prehistoric rock and cave paintings. Unknown outside of Africa, this animal so excited man's curiosity that it was sometimes sent as a diplomatic gift to other countries; one of the earliest records tells of a giraffe going from Kenya to China in 1415. The animal was thought to be a cross between a camel and a leopard, a mistake immortalized in the giraffe's scientific name of Giraffa camelopardalis.

The giraffe is the tallest living animal, uniquely adapted to reach vegetation inaccessible to other herbivores. Giraffes have a distinctive walking gait, moving both right legs forward, then both left. At a gallop, however, the giraffe simultaneously swings the hind legs ahead of and outside the front legs, reaching speeds of 35 miles an hour. It has unusually elastic blood vessels with a series of valves that help offset the sudden buildup of blood (and to prevent fainting) when the head is raised, lowered or swung quickly. Giraffe "horns" are actually knobs covered with skin and hair above the eyes that protect the head from injury.

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Hand Woven Tall Zulu Ukhamba Basket with large design
Height: 15 1/4 inches
Circumference: 25 inches
Diameter: 5 inches

Basket Description.
This Zulu basket is a tall rigid vessel woven with a unique pattern the base color is brown, with a large repeating pattern of a large stylized diamond in brown, cream, lilac/grey, red and chocolate, the top of the basket has stars in chocolate and cream and a checkered diamond in cream and chocolate. The weave on this basket is very tight; this enables the basket to be watertight. Then lid has been woven with a corresponding color and design theme.

Hand made in Kwazulu Natal South Africa.
Feel the mystery and essence of Africa with these superb Zulu baskets, each one unique and lovingly hand stitched. In this age of modern technology and mass production, it is a joy to see and feel the dignified elegance and beauty of a rich Zulu heritage that has become a collectable art form, preserving an age old tradition proudly safe guarded and handed down through the generations.

Types of Baskets UKHAMBA (Zulu Beer Basket)
A rigid bulb shaped container rendered watertight by the tightness of the coil weave, and the material used (Ilala Palm). Generally used to serve sorghum Beer on ceremonial occasions.

A small saucer shaped bowl traditionally woven with ilala palm and grass fibers. A modern version is woven out of telephone wire, resulting in a bright kaleidoscope of color and pattern and very collectible. The imbenge is used as a platter for serving dried foodstuffs, as well as used upside down to function as a lid or cover for the clay beer pots. When not in use it is hung up on the wall of the hust as part of the décor.

A rigid bottle shaped basket used for carrying liquids. It often has a lid which fits over the neck like a cap. The same stitching technique is used as the Ukhamba, and it works on the same principle

A large basin shaped basket used for gathering and carrying grain. The smaller bowls are used for serving dry foods such as beans, fruit or nuts.

Materials Commonly used in Zulu basket weaving
Every basket is made by hand, using indigenous raw materials. The fronds of the Ilala Palm (Hyphaene Coriacea) are commonly used to weave the fine, watertight baskets, and dyes of vegetable origin (i.e. Roots, berries, bark, leaves) to color the palm. It can take up to one month to produce a medium sized basket that will be unique in size, shape and pattern.

Basic Design
The Zulu have their own particular style of traditional craftwork that is unique to their culture. One specialty is basket weaving. Baskets are created in a variety of styles and colors, are pleasing to the eye, and have significant practical value in traditional life. The baskets are hand woven using indigenous raw materials that vary in availability depending on the season. Some of these include grass stems, Ilala palm fronds, fine Isikonko grass and Imizi grass.

Designs are kinetically woven into the baskets to depict different meanings. Almost all designs revolve around combinations of the triangle denoting male, and the diamond shape for the female. Two triangles situated one above the other in an hour glass shape represents a married man while two diamonds set one above the other symbolizes a woman.

Common colors used in Zulu Baskets
All colors are natural, obtained from billing roots, leaves, berries and bark of indigenous flora. Many are seasonal.

Brown/Ububsende Palm leaves are placed into muddy soil and kept moist up to one week

Khaki/Mxuba Palm leaves soaked & boiled in a “sludgy” mixture of fresh cow dung and water

Black/Omniyama At first pre-colored in river mud there after boiled for 8 hours in a mixture of water and leaves from a small bushy tree named Umbuque

Lilac/Ubukhwebezane Leaves of a shrub crushed and boiled with palm for one hour

Pale red/Bomvu Leaves of tai shrub – specie of the Mphekam-bethu and bark of the Mgwneya tree, crushed together and boiled with palm for 2 days

Coral/Mgwenya The palm leaves are boied with aloe roots for 4-6hours

Purple/Umdoni The palm is boiled with the skin of ripe Umdoni berries for 4-5 hours

Burgundy/Isfixu Palm is boiled with the bark of the Marula tree for 1-2 hours

Orange/Xomisane Palm is boiled with the roots of a small plant for 2-4hours

Mustard/Icena The palm is soaked overnight with paste wood ash and water and then boiled for 5-7 hours

Grey/Uuba The palm is soaked in black mud for up to 1 week

Hand Woven Tall Zulu Ukhamba Basket with large design ZB17