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Title: Ndebele Artwork

Ndebele Artwork
  • By Polly Tyson

  • The wall paintings as we know them originated
    around the time of the Boer wars of South Africa,
    in the 1880s. The Boers did not object to the
    paintings because they did not understand the
    significance of them. In reality they were
    commentaries of the Ndebeles oppression by
    white farmers, and symbols of their defiance in
    the face of adversity.

  • Ndebele houses are painted both on the inside and
    the outside. They are a means of communication,
    and a well painted house is an indication that a
    good mother and wife lives in there, since the
    wall paintings are all rendered by the women.

  • Originally they were in dull, earthen tones, but
    later on they turned to brighter colors. The
    bright colors have significance as well, they may
    indicate the wealth or stature of the occupants
    of the house.

  • The wall paintings are a reflection of the
    familys status in society, and are messages to
    the community as to the accomplishments of the
    household members.

  • Ndebele art is very vividly colorful, and is very
    expressive. Every design has a specific meaning,
    such as these dolls, wearing stylized womens
    clothing, and given to women by men to indicate
    intentions of courtship.

The paintings are either done by the woman of the
house, or by her teenage daughters under her
direct supervision. This is part of their
training in decorative art, because soon they
would have to complete their marriage garments.
  • Although in theory the young bride may choose to
    decorate her walls in whatever pattern she
    wishes, in reality, her first design seldom
    strays far from that which she learnt at home as
    a child and which she carried away with her in a
    shorthand form as part of her wedding dowry.

  • http//2thewalls.com/post/44514000/choosing-to-dec
  • http//www.africa-etc.co.uk/ndebele.php
  • http//www.smartcape.org.za/learner-support/respon
  • http//www.sahistory.org.za/pages/artsmediaculture
  • http//pbskids.org/africa/myworld/ngaka_3.html
  • http//www.eartharchitecture.org/index.php?/archiv
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