A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Southern African art, Namibia, Botswana
A Southern African art collection
Until the 60's, the artistic production of meridional Africa -South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana were attributed to the Zulu- the most important political force -and not properly understood.
It is very difficult to collect, since the nomadic habits in SA did
they haven't made much figurative art.
A South African anthropologist by the name of Schapira (not sure about the spelling?) wrote a book published by Penguin, many years ago, called Married Life in Africa which is about the Tswana. There are countless other studies and articles about them.
The objects on this page are coming from the Groenenhuizen collection in Den Haag, Netherlands, they where collected around 1900-1920.
South Africans where nomadic -they follow their herds or cattle- and so their artistic output is mainly limited to utilitarian objects, such as clubs, vessels, neckrests, pipes, and snuff boxes, you will see a few nice and old samples below.
>> The Bushmen are not Tswana thought they live in Botswana. The Tswana are a different ethnic from Bushmen who are "nomads", small in stature. Their motto is "we have little and we want little" isn't that something to learn from?! ( dixit Margalit a member of our african antiques discussion group ) <<
Most of the items of the collction below are already sold,
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Shona? Zulu? Can you tell me more?
Provenance: bought at Christies South Kensington around 1980 by Fernando Moncada. Now in the Kevin Conru collection.
South African weapons
Zulu beads from the Aitken collection
A Zulu bird from the Aitken collection, 33cm (still
read also about South African art: The Ndebele people of Zimbabwe and No Golden Rules and Polk Museum Florida
I also found an interesting site about the history of contemporary SA paintings
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