Carved Modern Folk Art African Sculpture Wooden TV
- Vintage item
- Free USA Shipping
Definitely one of a kind, this very large, very heavy sculpture is from Swaziland in South Africa. It's a fascinating piece of contemporary art, depicting a black and white TV. with two red stained knobs, cross-hatched in black, that actually turn. One is labeled "on" and one labeled "off;" there's a speaker labeled "SPEAKER" and "China." The wonderful curved (removable) antenna, 12 inches end to end, is stained red, decorated with chip-carved ovals left natural and a pointed end stained black that resembles a spear tip. The central incised drawing of the stick figure newscaster, seated at the newsdesk as he reads the news from a lined sheet of paper (there are actually letters inscribed between the lines) is brilliant.
There is much incised information on the face of the TV and we understand most of it, such as "B/W TV," "Swazi News" and "Read By Thoko Mpanza" (although we don't know who that is). The various other letters and numbers are undoubtedly significant to the artist. The body of the TV is stained black and there is a protruding "cathode ray tube" on the back, appropriate for an old black and white television. There are two black feet, one on each end at the front, that the TV rests on; interestingly, one leg is longer than the other, but the piece sits firmly and evenly.
This folk art piece is 19 inches long, 7 to 7/12 inches from top to bottom and about 5 inches in depth, measured at the top from the front edge to the back edge of the "tube." It's 14 inches tall to the top of the antenna. It weighs a whopping 12 1/2 pounds. The block of wood on the back that represents the tube has pulled away from the body of the TV somewhat and there is a horizontal split across the back where the "tube" was nailed on. Everything else is in very good condition and this sculpture makes an impressive display.
>>>As of 2018, Swaziland is now called The Kingdom of Eswatini; we use Swaziland, since that 's how it's identified on this sculpture.