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Makonde Wood Carving on Stand African Art

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Title Makonde Wood Carving on Stand African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Mozambique or Tanzania
People Makonde
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Early 20th Century
Height (in) 11
Width (in) 4.5
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.

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The Makonde are a Bantu-speaking group who moved into northern Mozambique from their original homelands in Tanzania, near Lake Nyasa. There are still pockets of Makonde living in Tanzania today, and the two groups are separated by the Rovuma River. Despite the proximity of the two groups, they consider themselves culturally distinct, though ideas and artistic traditions are shared. Their first contact with Europeans did not occur until 1910 and, even then, European influence was minimal. Their coastal location hints at an involvement with Swahili slave traders in centuries past, although this is not certain. Recently enclaves of Makonde have been found living in and near larger cities in Kenya.

Recommended Reading: See Kahan, A TANZANIAN TRADITION.

Ladislav Holy, MASKS AND FIGURES FROM EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA, 1967, Artia, Prague