This Makonde statue comes in three pieces – the head which is removable and the body which was carved in two pieces then stitched together with vegetable fiber. There are reptilian figures relief carved on the statues abdomen and beautiful scarification marks on his face. This piece would make a wonderful addition to any home or collection. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
3 Piece Hollow Male Makonde Statue 35.5″ – Tanzania – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, leather and hair
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Makonde People
“The Makonde people belong to the Bantu people who originally lived in the south of Lake Nyassa and later migrated to their present location on the Mueda plateau in the northern Mozambique. They survive economically from farming and, occasionally, cattle rearing.
Makonde carvers are prolific producers of masks, statues and decorative objects.
Makonde sculptures measure from 20 to 80 cm in height, are carved as standing men or women, represent ancestors, and have apotropaic functions.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.