Clay Figure Woman Carrying Purse Corn Malawi
Modeled clay figure depicting a female carrying a purse with corn.
Malawi's name originates from the Maravi, a Bantu ethnic group that migrated from the southern Congo around 1400 AD. Splitting upon reaching Lake Malawi, the Chewa and Nyanja groups emerged. Ethnic conflicts and migration hindered a unified Malawian society until the 20th century. Despite past distinctions, present-day Malawi sees reduced inter-ethnic tensions, with a growing sense of national identity. The "Warm Heart of Africa" nickname reflects the people's kindness, not the weather. Indigenous ethnic groups have rich traditions in pottery and clay, basketry and mask carving, and are prevalent in traditional ceremonies. Urban areas also showcase wood carvings and oil paintings.
Approximate Age: Contemporary
Made In: Malawi