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Lot 152

Makonde (East African) Carved Blackwood Tree of Life

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A vintage carved blackwood ujamaa (or "Tree of Life") sculpture of the Makonde people of East Africa, circa 20th century. A motif representative of the style, the sculpture is comprised of a tall tower of clustered figures representing a community or family, topped by a primary matriarchal figure, all carved from a single piece of wood. Mounted on a trapezoidal prism walnut base. Measures 50" x 14" x 14".


Repaired crack to a figure behind the matriarch (near the top). Inherent to the log from which the sculpture was carved, there are a few scattered cracks and the back of the sculpture features a rougher, more unfinished surface.

Overall Dimensions
Height: 50.00 in
Width: 14.00 in
Depth: 14.00 in
Weight: 25.50 lbs

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