Description: “Abstract Makonde Shetani” carving depicts the mischievous spirit called Shetani commonly featured in Makonde style carvings. Made of African Blackwood, this vertical Shetani carving is just the right size and an excellent showpiece on the corner table.
Dimensions: 16 in (H) x 5 in (W) x 4 in (D) ...Weight: 2 lb.
Notes: Makonde Art, Sculpture & Carving
Modern Makonde art symbolizes traditional African culture in the most exquisite way and when people think of African art, they are often thinking of Makonde sculpture. The Makonde people traditionally lived in southeastern Tanzania and northern Mozambique. Many Makonde sculptures are carved from a single block of wood, no matter how complex the design! The "Tree of Life" style usually depicts intricately interlocked human figures as a metaphor for unity, community and continuity.
Early Makonde carvings were functional items - hair combs, household necessities. Later the carvings became more expressive and decorative in nature.