A Leopard by the Lourenco Marques Garden Carver (SOLD)
Late 19th Century
An African Carved Wood Figure of a Seated Leopard
By the Lourenco Marques garden carver who was probably of the Tsonga tribe
length 14 cm height 16 cm (5.5 x 6.5 in)
The sculptor of this work lived in the garden of the Portuguese naval officer, Joao Bello, who lived in the capital of Mozambique, Lourenco Marques (now Maputo), from 1867 until 1926. He returned to Lisbon, where he was appointed Minister of the Colonies, with a number of sculptures by the artist.
Bibliography: The Mlungu in Africa by Michael Stevenson