Makonde Female Statue on Base 25.25″ – Tanzania – African Art

Original price was: $150.00.Current price is: $60.00.


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This statue was carved in the style of the Makonde people of Tanzania. The statue features a standing female figure with her mouth covered. The statue measures 23.5 inches tall, 25.25 inches including base, and weighs 7.5 pounds. There is cracking throughout the piece and minor imperfections. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

23.5" figure | 25.25" on base

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

7.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos

Tribe Information

About the Makonde People

The Makonde people reside throughout Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya. The groups living in Tanzania and Mozambique are divided by the Ruvuma River. Those on the Mozambique side are known as Maconde. The two groups have developed separate languages over time but share certain ideas.
The Makonde are a matrilineal society, meaning inheritances belong to women and typically, the husband will move to the village of his wife. Each village is an individual settlement with their own headman. There is no ruler of all the Makonde peoples.
Due to the remoteness of the Makonde, they did not have contact with the Europeans until the early 1900’s, although there is evidence of involvement with Swahili slave traders for centuries.


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