Hand-carved Couple Wood Sculpture by Mbanda
Locked together eternally as one, this gracefully carved duo will lend a note of dignity to your home. As featured in major design magazines, the distinctive lines of this internationally known artist's carvings will turn whatever shelf you put them on into a cosmopolitan display space!
Hand-carved in fragrant sandalwood by wood artisan Mbanda in his studio in Mozambique. Carved from a single root, areas on the front of the statue are left in their natural, rough state, while the back and portions of the front are polished to a lustrous patina. Using wood from decades-old stumps provides an alternative to cutting down healthy trees.
Statues measure approximately 11.5" T (29.2 cm). Handmade in and fair-trade imported from Mozambique.
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Working with native sandalwood, Mozambique artisan Mbanda comes from a proud tradition of woodcarving stretching back generations. His distinctive designs have drawn the attention of major design magazines, creating enough of a market for his products that he now employs four other artisans in his workshop.
His method of utilizing natural textures combined with burnished surfaces sets his woodwork apart and makes his style difficult to duplicate. In addition to his many popular vases and bowls, Mbanda's most successful designs feature carved sandalwood figures with pointed faces and streaming hair.
Being able to make a good living creating art on the world stage has been an inspiration for the next generation of woodcarvers in Mozambique. When not in school, his own son is learning the craft at his father's side, and he is already showing promise as a crafter in his own right.