Lot: 303

102nd Auction

Standing female figure with vessel, before 1926

Mozambique, Tsonga, Muhlati or his workshop

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German Collection (1926) H: 14.6 inch 3000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, pokerwork, labelled on the underside of the base: "Friendly greetings from Lourenco Marques 27/XII/26 L.. J. K..."

Based on stylistic features, this work can be attributed to a carver named Muhlati or his workshop.

Muhlati was a noted carver who was active in the colonial Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in Portuguese East Africa (now Mozambique) in the late19th century. He was a member of the Tsonga or Shangaan ethnic group and was famous throughout the land for his talent. He is best known for his distinctively styled figural carvings, bowls and tankards.


Stevenson, Michael & Michael Graham-Stewart, The Mlungu in Africa, 2003, p. 44 ff.