|Title||Makonde Pregnant Figure on Base Tanzania Africa 31 Inch|
|Type of Object||Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture|
|Country of Origin||Tanzania / Mozambique|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||31 inches T. x 10 inches W. x 8 inches D.|
|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.|
|Damage/Repair||large cracks, missing arms, scraped and worn patina; see pictures for details.|
Additional Information: A rare dynamic figure coming from the Makonde people. The absence of facial scarification is unusual. The Makonde are one of the most prolific art-producing cultures in East Africa, and their works are known worldwide. Though often identified with their wildly abstract and sensual "shetani" carvings, which are produced for sale, they have a long tradition of ritual art, which includes a wide variety of helmet masks, male and female ancestor figures, and an almost endless variety of utilitarian objects, often of great beauty. The Makonde are a Bantu 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, 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.