Life Through Clay: a metaphor for gender and age

Explore the Social Life of Clay Objects

Exhibition Opens Thursday 21st July 2016 at 18:00

The Origins Centre Museum, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the Wits School of Archaeology, together with the Ditsong Museum of Cultural History, are pleased to present a new exhibition curated by Wits students about the social life of clay objects in Southern Africa. Life Through Clay follows the importance of clay through the life cycle of an individual from birth to death. This exhibition features archaeological and anthropological clay-based material culture such as figurines, toys, pots, furnaces and many other clay objects that play an integral part in human life from childhood, daily life, initiation to adulthood and old age. This exhibition, which will run for one year, looks into the social and technical processes involved in the creation of clay objects, the classification and interpretation of clay objects and explores the relationship between the human body and clay objects.Clay vessel 10

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Exhibition support

The exhibition was organised by some 3rd year Wits archaeology students with the assistance of Dr Alex Schoeman and Lara Mallen. We gratefully acknowledge Dr Johnny van Schalkwyk, the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History and the Origins Centre Museum and their staff. Our opening is sponsored by United National Breweries South Africa and Jam Architects.

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