Meat Tray/Platter "ugqoko" - Zulu People - South Africa (4904)
The meat tray was carved to be functional, but decorative
at the same time. The styles & sizes of meat platters vary.
Generally they consist of 1 large rectangular bowl with
rounded corners flanked on each end by handles.
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 associated with the idea of