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Ebony carving of a man playing drums 1999 - 2000

Ebony | 81.0 x 29.0 x 24.0 cm | RCIN 92999

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Ebony carving of a man playing the drums, supported on an interlocking
stack of men and women, some carrying tools and joined by arms and legs. The man sits on the head of a full length women who also is intertwined with the smaller figures.
This type of ebony carving is made by the Makonde people and represents the ujamaa, or unity, of a group. The uppermost figure is usually a mother or a maternal uncle, reflecting the importance of matrilineal tradition to the Makonde people.

Carvings of this kind are made by the Makonde people of Mozambique and represent the unity (ujamaa) of the clan or
community. The tall, elaborate sculptures often culminate in the figure of the mother or maternal uncle in reference to matrilineal tradition.