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Makonde Male Female Back to Back Figure Africa

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Title Makonde Male Female Back to Back Figure Africa
Country of Origin Mozambique, Tanzania
People Makonde
Materials Wood, raffia fabric
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 15 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Depth: 4 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Shallow cracks, chips. Does not stand well.


Additional Information: A mysterious and captivating sculpture.  Her body appears to be deformed, split almost right down the middle.  She holds a pot with a removable stopper, and she is adorned with a grass skirt.  We believe this to be a modern scultpure from the Makonde, who are credited with the famed ebony wood Shetani sculptures with similar features. 


Modern Makonde sculptures are powerful carvings, each unique, and bearing no resemblance to "airport art" ebony carvings. They are carved of ebony or ironwood. Their subjects usually include SHETANI, a world of spirits, demons, devils. The art is fluid, yet angular. The Makonde live in Tanzania and Mozambique. For wonderful examples, see Max Mohl's MASTERPIECES OF THE MAKONDE and Stout's MODERN MAKONDE SCULPTURE.