Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ear spool
  • unknown Zulu maker
  • ear spool, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, paint
  • Object Height/Diameter: 1.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, Metal Drawer 3
  • 2007.3326

The thick wooden disc has flat sides that are painted white, each with a different decoration.
Side one has a dark blue diamond in the center, with a dark blue triangle at two points and a red triangle at two points. The dark blue shapes have a white dot inside each point and the red triangles have a dark blue dot in each point.
Side two has a cluster of squares and diamonds that gives the overall impression of a red diamond with white rectangles at the points, a red and white checkerboard in the cetner and blue details defining these shapes.

It may be worn by men or women.