This vintage Mangbetu harp features a gourd body, overstretched with animal hide, and a curved wooden neck and pegs with carved figural face decorating the head. The instrument rests on a custom metal stand. Mangbetu aristocrats in Congo surrounded themselves with finely crafted objects, many of which feature figurative elements; carvings and added decoration. Musical instruments especially illuminate attention to the human form and facial expressions as they often feature a carved face at the head of the instrument, as seen in the example here.
Exquisitely handcrafted from ostrich eggshells; these stunning mosaic African animals are wonderfully unique and appealing. Each individual carving originates from the Karoo region of South Africa. Thousands of fragments of...
The word kanju translates to “creativity born of struggle” or “making more with less.” Nothing could be truer of the exquisite pieces and talented artisans with whom kanju works across the African continent.
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