Ugqoko Meat Tray

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Ugqoko Meat Tray, Zulu, South Africa

L: 44 cm (17,3″), W: 21,5 cm (8,5″)

The styles and sizes of meat platters, called ugqoko, are varied. Generally they consist of one large rectangular bowl with rounded corners flanked on each end by handles. More uncommon examples consist of two round bowls with a tray in the middle which it has been said to hold salt. Most have decorations carved into the underside of the platter, 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 documented as being associated with the idea of ancestral protection.

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