Mpondo Zophukile (Broken Horns)
This object listing has been archived.
Previously exhibited at Miami 2021.
Any questions? Contact a design specialist.
At Design Miami/, our Design Specialists are here to assist with all your design needs.
The patterned incisions that have defined Madoda Fani’s work to date armour this hand-coiled works, their contours are articulated by concentric lines carved into the clay, finished with detailed markings and studded protrusions, whose repetition lends the surfaces a mesmerising rhythm.
In a traditional Xhosa ceremony following Madoda Fani’s late grandfather’s passing, it is customary that when a cow is slaughtered as an ancestral offering, oner must break the animal’s horns. It is believed that their sharp points make them a danger. This is the inspiration behind Mpondo Zophukile (Broken Horns).
55.0 x 90.0 x 52.0 cm (21.7 x 35.4 x 20.5 in)