Stylistic Evolution of Modern Makonde Sculpture In Tanzania


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships


Fine and Performing Arts


Although much has been written on the eight established modern Makonde sculpture styles in Tanzania, created during the 1960s (Wembah-Rashid, 1985; Coote, 1989; Korn, 1974; Kasfir, 1999; Kingdon, 1996, 2002; Jengo, 2000), there has been no major, scientific study on sub-styles (styles with variations from the established modern Makonde sculpture styles) or new styles (styles that make no reference to the established styles of the modern Makonde sculpture). The present study is designed, therefore, to investigate and identify factors that influence form, content, techniques, and sizes in sub-styles and new styles of modern Makonde sculpture in Tanzania from the 1960s to the present.