Chichewa Tribe Wooden Hippo ~11.8" Tall (New 2024) - Wooden and Basket Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA02926

Sale price$600.00

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Dimensions: H:11.8" W:10.2" L:22.8" Weight: 42.1 lbs.

Chichewa Tribe Wooden Hippo

Malawi is known for its rich artistic traditions, including the creation of wooden sculptures. Malawian wooden animal sculptures are typically carved from various types of wood, such as ebony, mahogany, or jacaranda. Skilled artisans use traditional hand tools to carve the wood into the desired shape, paying attention to detail and capturing animals, such as elephants and other wild animals. The sculptures may showcase the natural beauty of the wood, with a smooth finish that highlights the grain and texture of the material. Some artists also choose to paint or stain the sculptures, adding color and enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.

About the Tribe

The Chichewa, also known as the Chewa or Nyanja, are a Bantu ethnic group primarily residing in the southern and central regions of Malawi, as well as parts of Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They are one of the largest ethnic groups in Malawi and have a rich cultural heritage. The Chichewa people have a matrilineal social structure, where descent and inheritance are traced through the female line. Family and community are important aspects of Chichewa culture, and traditional extended family units play a significant role in social cohesion and support.

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