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Flamingo urn

Brand: Ardmore Ceramics

Sculptor: Betty Ntshingila

Painter: George & Betty

Dimensions: H.34 in. L.14 in. W.12 in.

SKU: 

MK84JUL19

Description
The Flamingo urn from Ardmore Ceramics, designed and hand-painted by George and Betty and sculpted by Betty Ntshingila, is a stunning piece that showcases the rich biodiversity and cultural heritage of Africa. Measuring 34 inches high, 14 inches long, and 12 inches wide, this ceramic urn features an intricate design that blends flora and fauna in a vivid display of artistry. Atop the dome-shaped lid, two sculpted flamingoes—one white and one pink—interlace their necks in a tender embrace, symbolizing unity and love, motifs often celebrated in African folklore and art. The main body of the urn is adorned with more sculpted flamingoes, depicted in various poses: some are bending down to feed, while others stand gracefully, gazing into the distance. This dynamic arrangement brings a sense of movement and life to the piece. The background of the urn is painted in a deep black, creating a striking contrast that makes the vibrant greens and whites of the painted plants stand out. This use of color not only enhances the visual impact of the urn but also reflects the lush and diverse landscapes found across Africa. The neck and bottom of the urn are embellished with traditional Zulu patterns, adding a cultural dimension that ties the piece to the heritage of the Zulu people. In African culture, flamingoes are often associated with grace, balance, and beauty, and their depiction on this urn highlights these qualities. The lush plant life surrounding the flamingoes emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things, a central theme in many African philosophies. The use of traditional patterns and natural elements in this urn by Ardmore Ceramics celebrates both the artistic and ecological richness of Africa, making it a meaningful and beautiful work of art.

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