Makonde African Sculpture
Makonde Sculpture. Large African sculpture of two figures, female figure carrying the second figure on their back. The sculpture is of the African Makonde people and is referred to as a Shetani wood carving.
The African Makonde people are originally from Southern Tanzania and Northern Mozambique and have a small presence in Kenya. Shetani style wood carvings ("devil" in Swahili} are expressions of Makonde mythology and spirits. This style uses the appearance of other worldly physical traits, such as large distorted facial or body features, and sometimes animals to signify the spirit realm. The essence of Shetani is thought to take five forms: human, mammal, fish, bird and reptile - your sculpture is the human and animal form. In some sculptures, there are also culturally significant symbols, such as a mother's breasts or calabashes, used to carry water.
Dimensions: Approx 12cm wide x 13cm deep x 42cm high.
Condition: Missing a tiny peg in the detail of the skirt, small crack in the back of the second figure - please refer to the photos.
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