FEATURING - LETSOPA Clay: Mapungubwe by Sian Tiley-Nel

Posted on March 09, 2020

The Special Collections Book of the Week this week is:

LETSOPA Clay: Mapungubwe by Sian Tiley-Nel.

“Clay can virtually be found anywhere on earth, but it only becomes valuable when it is metamorphosed into an aesthetically pleasing object by a skilful artist with a keen eye for form and functionality. Through research we know that the making of objects from clay is the longest surviving handcraft of which we have continuous knowledge over time. The Letsopa gallery at the University of Pretoria forms a vital part of our national heritage and provides a unique addition to our revered ceramic collections.”

The Letsopa exhibition concept is based on the theme of the four elements, Earth, Water, Air and Fire that together connect the underlying natural fundamental elements from which ceramics are derived. The ceramics on display were not only selected for their significance and beauty, but also for their symbolism of the ceramic tradition as timeless forms created by hand out of the essential elements of nature.

Catalogue Access: https://UnivofPretoria.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1013926396

This book is available at Special Collections, housed on level 5 of the Merensky 2 Library, and is part of our Tukkiana (TUK) Collection.

The Special Collections unit of the Department of Library Services plays a stewardship role in the acquisition and preservation of the Library's rare and valuable information resources, making them accessible to students, staff and researchers, as well as safeguarding them for future generations.

During the month of March, the Special Collections unit of UP Library and the UP Museums are collaborating to bring attention to the special collections of the University of Pretoria. 

- Author Nikki Haw

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