iSazimzi VII Miniature (Introductory Gift)
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Previously exhibited at Miami 2021.
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iSazimzi VII Miniature is a maquette based on South African artist, Zizipho Poswa’s ceramic and bronze series, iLobola which pays homage to the spiritual offering at the heart of the ancient African custom of lobola, or bride-wealth: the cow. Whereas traditionally the groom’s family would gift a certain number of cows to the bride’s family after a process of negotiation between the two parties, in more recent times the animals are often replaced by a monetary payment – leading the practice to be viewed as more commercial in nature. But this obscures the primary purpose of lobola, says Poswa – that of ukwakhiwa kobuhlobo, the building of relations between the two families.
In this ceremony, iSazimzi is a symbolic gesture to acknowledge the bridal home. This is used to evade answering the question “how do the groom’s family know of the bride’s home?”
Bronze, Glazed Stoneware
11.0 x 25.0 x 12.0 cm (4.3 x 9.8 x 4.7 in)