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Hand-carved Woman Wood Sculpture by Mbanda

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Other-worldly beauty and grace set these hand-carved sculptures apart. Featured in major design magazines, the distinctive long lines and streaming hair will turn whatever shelf you put them on into an international display space!

Hand-carved in your choice of Sandalwood or Blackwood by wood artisan Mbanda in his studio in Mozambique. Carved from a single root mounted to a matching wood base, 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 shine.

Statues measure approximately 14" T (35.6 cm). Handmade in and fair-trade imported from Mozambique.

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Artisan: Mbanda

Artisan Mbanda

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.

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