Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ear spool
  • Zulu peoples
  • 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 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3327

The flat wooden disc is painted on both flat surfaces.

Side one has a white field with four dark blue triangles with black lines on two sides. There are three dark blue dots in the space between. There is a dark blue and white checkerboard in the center with black lines.

Side two has a dark blue field with a white and dark blue checkerboard in the center with black lines. Each side of the checker board has four narrow white triangles on black.

It may be worn by men or women.