[23] African Souvenirs: figures 9 to 11

This article was published on: 4 August, 2012
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The first of my African Souvenirs are two sets of figures, made from an ebony like wood, probably finished with boot polish.
These also probably come from Kenya.

Two ladies
Two ladies

The right figure illustrates the women’s hard work of carrying water on their head.
On the left is shown the practice by some tribes of piercing and enlarging the ear lobes.

Two letter openers
Two letter openers

A pair of letter openers.
Note the extended ‘hair-do’ fixed by clay!

A pair of soapstone bookends - each of a man's head
A pair of soapstone bookends – each of a man’s head

A pair of bookends made from soapstone, purchased at Makatapura – where the Central Line begins the long climb up the Rift Valley Escarpment.

All these figures were collected in East Africa, mainly from Tanganyika – now Tanzania, during the early 1950’s.

Joe Lucas August 2012

See Joe’s next safari article: [24] The Donkey’s Revenge – Egyptian safari
Or Joe’s first article: [1] African 1950’s Safari introduction

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