KEZHIA FIELDS

Kezhia's passion for cultural history, and her African heritage has driven her to create her dealership selling a range of Tribal Art from affordable pieces to highly sought after collectors's objects.

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Exhibits

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Ewe Cloth

 

19th century

Measurements 262 cm x 162 cm

An outstanding Ewe weft faced strip weave men's Cloth in bold colours from Ghana/Togo. The cloth is composed of 20 strips of 8 cm width, with the narrower 4.5 cm width warp faced red strip along the lower edge that was typical of this rare style of cloth.  Each strip is divided into rectangular blocks by changing the colour, with 43 full blocks per strip, giving a total of 860 blocks, arranged across the cloth in a regular stepped pattern. A smaller number of  pale green and cream blocks add variety to the red. Ewe name for this type of textile is called (TITRIKU) means thick cloth. Ewe kente cloth were prestige garments commissioned by chief's,  other wealthy and important people in Ewe society to be worn for major ceremonial events.  Public display of a new cloth garment, particularly one with a dramatic and innovatory design, enhanced the prestige of the wearer by visually communicating both his or her wealth and a sophisticated appreciation of culturally significant dress traditions. It's in excellent condition with original stitching throughout, 

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Maasai Shield Kenya

Early 20th Century

Measurements H110cmx W66cm

SOLD

Outstanding Maasai shield from Kenya.   Maasai are renowned as fierce warriors, shields are an embodiment of power and prestige.  This was an elite warrior shield which would have been passed from one warrior to another.  The pattern, colours and design are all  attributes of the status symbol of this prestigious shield.  It's made of hide, wood and natural pigmentation.

 

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Lozi Anthropomorphic Spoon- Lozi People,

Zimbabwe

19th-20th Century

Wood

25cm High

Ex Philip Keith, UK

£340

 

This anthropomorphic spoon from the Lozi People of Zimbabwe has been incised with fine geometric lines. There is a clear distinction between head, arms, torso, and legs. Wooden utensils were largely made by men and often had localised styles of the village in which it was made and used. 

The abstraction of the human form is particularly interesting as it shows the quality of craftsmanship but also accentuates the notion of balance- commonly seen in their woodcarving. Additionally, with the scarcity of figurative carvings in the region in which the Lozi occupied, utilitarian items such as wooden spoons and vessels were for ceremonial, and prestige use, a sacred way of communicating with ancestors.

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