Ndoro

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The Ndoro is one of the national symbols of Zimbabwe, a spiralling circle evocative of a fossil. Its origins are from the Conus Virgo shell, which would wash up on Eastern African shores and become eroded until only the top remained. These coin shaped remnants were used in trading with Portuguese sailors, and become one of the first currencies in Zimbabwe.

In this piece, the Ndoro forms the spirals of Bantu Knots, a protective hairstyle for Black women, and the partitions of her hair follow the borders of Zimbabwe’s provinces.

 

Size: A1 | 23-3/8 x 33-1/8 inches | 594 x 841 mm

Printed on Fine Art Paper and mounted on wood.