seated "colonial" policeman

 
Culture
Makonde people
Creation date
Materials
wood, pigment
Dimensions
25 x 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Thomas D. Slater in memory of Professor Roy Sieber
Accession number
2001.412
Currently On View In
Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art - W302

Depictions of Europeans or Africans in European dress are often termed "colonials."  In some instances, as is probably the case with this carving, those figures were made for local Africans of affluence and for Europeans.

This figure portrays an African, probably a Makonde policeman, in a uniform inspired by the Portuguese colonial rulers of Mozambique.

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