Wow, I didn't know that m, and I have to say that is a great carving.....not a tourist piece. It would have been a family piece, held and revered in the home, and brought out for ceremonies.
I have a few genuine East African carvings, (not tourist stuff) and am so glad I have them.....one was made for me when I was just 5 years old in Nachingwea.....it is lovely.
My Dad was an engineer as well, trying to grow groundnuts after the war. There was a 5 year drought and so it was a 'failure', but the sceptics all said it was due to poor planning!! Well, what about the plight in Africa now with the drought.....no one says it is poor planning now!! Off my soap box now!
Lovely table....I haven't got any Asian art or furniture. :cry: