9.5″ inches tall (24.1 cm)
Private Estate Collection – Florida, USA.
Discover the captivating world of Makonde art! This unique art form, encompassing household objects, figures, and masks, originated in the Makonde plateau. When Portuguese colonizers and missionaries arrived in the 1930s, they were immediately fascinated by the intricate wood carvings of the Makonde people. In response to this newfound interest, the Makonde sculptors began using ebony and Swartzia wood instead of their previous softer materials. This marked the first introduction of classical European style into traditional Makonde art.
As time went on, Makonde art evolved into the Modern Makonde style, with a notable shift towards abstract figures, particularly spirits known as Shetani. This innovative style was pioneered by master carver Samaki Likankoa, with the support of art curator Mohamed Peera.
Some of the most renowned Makonde artists, such as George Lugwani, have chosen to embrace a fully abstract style, devoid of discernible figures. Today, Makonde art continues to thrive and is an essential part of the contemporary African art scene. One of the most internationally recognized Makonde artists is George Lilanga.
Immerse yourself in the rich and diverse world of Makonde art, where tradition and innovation intertwine to create breathtaking masterpieces that capture the spirit of Africa.