Kamba Figure

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SNK 1212-54

Kamba Figure, Kenya

H: 29 cm (11,4″), W: 7 cm (2,8″), D: 9 cm (3,5″)

Woman with baby on back

This beautifully carved mother figure is made by the Kamba people in Kenya also called Akamba. The Kamba are skilled craftsmen and make both practical tools and beautiful artwork. They are well-known for their artistic abilities, especially in wood carving, basket making and pottery.

The Akamba people stem from the Central Bantu. They migrated from Tanzania in the 18th century. Today they inhabit eastern Kenya in the regions of the Mbooni Hills (the place of the buffalo), in the Ukamba highlands.

Provenance: Private Danish collection. It was either acquired directly from Lau (Laurence) Sunde’s collection in Copenhagen, which dates back to the 1940s, or Lau (Laurence) Sunde was an adviser to the collector.
Sunde had a “Etnografica” boutique in 1948, that became recognized among collectors as the most specialized boutique of its kind at the time. Tribal and oriental artefacts were purchased from private collectors as well as at auctions in Paris, Amsterdam and London, among other places.

Full description of Lau (Laurence) Sunde will be forwarded by request.

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