Karipoi. cameo profile portrait of Maasai warrior Sculpture by Kimberley Gundle

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Karipoi. cameo profile portrait of Maasai warrior

Kimberley Gundle

United Kingdom


Size: 5.5 W x 7.9 H x 1.8 D in

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Art Description

Sculpture: Ceramic, Clay, stoneware, glazed, lustre on Ceramic.

Karipoi is a Maasai warrior I met in in a remote settlement in Tanzania.He forms part of a collection of glazed ceramic stoneware cameo portraits celebrating the cultural adornment of the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania.The work is made from clay, similar to that found in the soil of the Great Rift Valley, and out of which the Maasai mould their homes. At the same time, by placing the ceramic portrait within an oval frame of ornate glazed earthenware, I draw parallels with my portraits and those of historical European cameos, which often depicted royalty and important dignitaries. Each oval, like a cameo locket, holds its subject safe, prized and cherished. A large installation of cameo portraits was exhibited at Palazzo Bembo during the Venice Biennale 2017