This mid-century bust of a Makonde man is a striking hand-carved original bust created from a solid ebony stump. (circa 1940-1950). It is extremely heavy weighing approximately 23 lbs, and measures 12" tall x 8.5" at the widest point. It is in excellent vintage condition with a natural crack directly under the right ear. Please see the images.
The Makonde people live on a plateau in East Africa, on the border of Mozambique and Tanzania. They are historically known for making the most beautiful ebony sculptures, which is referred to as Makonde Art. It is an art form that is expressive and unique and separate from the simple repetitive tourist type reproductions in the open markets. Makonde Art represents personal creativity and innovation which has produced amazing one-of-a-kind original sculptures like this beautiful male bust.
This was one of Mr. Bell's favorite pieces of art, which he bought from a collector of African Art and owned for over 60 years until his death in November 2019. He prominently displayed this bust in an area of his home where he could see it upon rising and upon going to sleep at night. He referred to it as his guardian and felt it had a powerful, majestic and peaceful presence and a protective energy.
This heavy and beautiful statue is an impressive show piece for your home and/or African Art collection.
Condition consistent with age and use. Moderate wear from age, but overall in excellent condition. Please refer to images.
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