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    An exhibition of Makonde sculpture opened on Tuesday (10 February) in Nairobi at the Paa ya Paa gallery.

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    An exhibition of Makonde sculpture opened on Tuesday (10 February) in Nairobi at the Paa ya Paa gallery.

    The show which was officially opened by Mr. Bous Omari, editor-in-chief of the Daily Nation newspaper runs until March 15. The 43 works on display were made in Tanzania by refugees from Mozambique.

    Makonde sculpture has within recent years developed into one of Africa's most surprising new arts and is based not only on folklore and religious myths, but also on the creative imagination of highly individual and uninhibited artists.

    One critic recently said that the Makonde sculptors of Tanzania were perhaps the most positive and uninhibited of all East African contemporary artists.

    The Makonde live south of Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam on a plateau on the southern border of Tanzania and Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. They usually prefer to live in small groups away from other tribes, and this isolation has protected their art from foreign influences longer than anywhere else along the East African coast.

    One important aspect of makonde sculpture is its lack of monotonous repetition. New subject matter is being absorbed constantly and personal styles make for great variation in technique in respect of the black ebony wood they carve from.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAN4IP5Y9MJJ4RWGI345C1PAY
    Media URN:
    VLVAN4IP5Y9MJJ4RWGI345C1PAY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
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