Rangarirai Makunde - African (Shona)

Famine, 2003
Sculpture, Springstone
42 x 18.50 x 14 in
SKU: 11553g
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'Famine' is an original springstone sculpture signed by the Zimbabwean artist Rangarirai Makunde. The sculpture presents a solitary figure who stands facing directly forward. He holds a bowl in his hands, showing the viewer the emptiness it contains. As Makunde was trained in the Shona stone carving tradition, the sculpture reflects the visual heritage of African sculpture: the figure's face is round and mask-like, with squared, straight nose and eyes that furrow at the brow. The pose of the figure likewise recalls the frontality of figurative carving seen across the African continent (such as the minkisi figures of the Congolese peoples to the North). Nonetheless, the subject here is human and emotive and his plight reflects problems both local and universal. 

42 x 18.5 x 14 inches
300+ lbs
signed "R. Makunde" along base on rear
Overall excellent condition with no signs of wear