Africa | Zulu Ear Plugs | ca. 1930 - 1950 | They are made of soft wood with finely worked vinyl mosaic overlays.

1930 - These were most likely made in Johannesburg by craftsmen who sold them to migrant workers as gifts for their wives.

South Africa | Earplugs "amashaza" from the Zulu people of Tugela Ferry, South Africa. | Wood and paint | ca. 1930/40s

South Africa | Earplugs "amashaza" from the Zulu people of Tugela Ferry, South Africa. | Wood and paint | ca. 1930/40s

South Africa | 3 pairs of Zulu ear plugs; Wood, asbestos vinyl, metal pins | Decorated on both sides.

South Africa | 3 pairs of Zulu ear plugs; Wood, asbestos vinyl, metal pins | Decorated on both sides.

Zulu ear-discs c1950, Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town. See history here.

The customary Zulu ritual of ear piercing of pre-pubescent children was referred to as the ’qhumbuza’ ceremony. Once the ears were pierced,.

TWENTY-NINE ZULU EARPLUGS  Five pairs of amashaza plugs inlaid with geometric vinyl designs; thirteen single amashaza plugs similar to the p...

TWENTY-NINE ZULU EARPLUGS Five pairs of amashaza plugs inlaid with geometric vinyl designs; thirteen single amashaza plugs similar to the p.

South Africa | Earplugs "amashaza" from the Zulu people. | Wood, plastic, iron alloy, pigment | ca. 1950s - 80s

South Africa | Earplugs "amashaza" from the Zulu people. | Wood, plastic, iron alloy, pigment | ca. 1950s - 80s


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