The Improved Arts Metal Sculpture Project was started in 1986 by five brothers. Having discovered their artistic talents, they founded the group to depict African natural history through metalwork and to make a better living. Old tin cans and other scraps of metal from businesses in the industrial area of Harare are turned into these delightful sculptures by these artists using snips, pliers, and hammers.
Size: 6" W x 6" H x 10" D
Artist: Mkankha Brothers
Made In: Zimbabwe
In ancient Egypt, baboons and monkeys played a significant and mysterious role in religion, and some of the earliest deities were depicted with baboon heads. The Sacred Baboon was an attendant of Thoth, the creator god who was credited with the foundation of law, the advancement of learning, and the invention of hieroglyphic writing.