Athman Hussein Athman

Styles of Swahili carving.

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

As a woodcarver since the age of fifteen, I have been a keen observer of carving patterns and motifs practiced by contemporary Swahili wood carvers. In my investigations, I discovered that carvers along the coast of East Africa, do not practice a uniform style of carving, although their heritage was to a great deal influenced by Middle Eastern and Indian patterns. In Lamu, for instance, four styles of carving are applied to decorating doors and furniture. What I found astonishing, is that most contemporary Swahili wood carvers seem to be unaware of the differences in styles, especially with regard to their history and design features. Apparently, most of the patterns used by the contemporary wood carvers of the three prominent Swahili towns under discussion (Zanzibar, Mombasa, Lamu) are directly copied from doors that were made between 1700-1930. Most of these doors are known to have been introduced to the East African littoral by groups who settled in the region at different periods.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 3.1996
Swahili, Schnitzerei, Kunsthandwerk
Swahili, Carving, Handcraft
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Schnitzerei
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
InstitutionSwahili Cultural Center
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInstitut für Afrikanistik
Erstveröffentlichungjahr der Druckausgabe1996
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)15.10.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-95456
QuelleSwahili Forum; 3 (1996), S. 11-29

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