The purpose of these Makonde figures are unknown. This statue comes in three pieces – the body was carved in two pieces and stitched together and the head acts as a container lid as the center of this piece is hollow.
Makonde 3 Piece Hollow Maternity Statue 32″ – Tanzania – African Art
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Wood, pigment, leather
Imperfections and wear and tear. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more information.
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.