Makonde Kneeling Ancestor/Fertility Figure, Tanzania


Makonde Kneeling Ancestor/Fertility Figure, Tanzania, 28" x 6", wood. The Makonde are renowned for their wood carving. They excel at realism and expressive faces with elegant bodies. This figure has a stunningly self aware and expressive gaze. The hands on the full belly and breast are an obvious allusion to fertility. Beyond that the statue probably refers to the Makonde creation myth wherein the first man carved a women out of wood, she came to life and bore the Makonde race. The African trader who sold this to us claimed it was Dengese, but from my research it is most probably Makonde. Scarification on the forehead and breast are typical of the Makonde and the evocative realism of the style is very Makonde. Hands on the belly is a Dengese motif but everything else implies Makonde. This statue is old with non structural cracks on the head and abdomen otherwise very good condition.

  • Model: AA52
  • Shipping Weight: 9.5lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 27 January, 2014.

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