E0120: Zulu- Leather Apron

Ethnographic

Identifier:
E0120
Classification Category:
3:Personal Artifacts ➞ Clothing ➞ Outerwear
Marks/Labels:
Fading and deteriorating tag, hard to make out"... mutya Zulu male drass...Miss Hannah Larsen; Zululand"
Materials:
animal ➔ hide/skin ➔ leather
botanical ➔ fiber
Dimensions:
Ethnic Group:
African ➞ Zulu
Use/Function:
Men's clothing is generally made from cow hide like the one in the picture. Isinene - front apron which covers the privates. Men wear them as emblems of their high office or position, the apron acquired an aura of authority and respect in Zulu culture. Apron is a sign to prove rough work either physical labor or spiritual work. To round of traditional dress, the Zulu man would normally add his isihlangu (cow-hide shield), and umkhonto (stabbing spear).
Source Locality:
Natal, South Africa
Acquisition Date:
10/22/????
Description:
Leather apron for a male.