Vintage Fipa Wooden Tray from Africa
Handcarved in Southwestern Tanzania many years ago by the Fipa people, also sometimes known as Wafipa. Trays such as this were made for their own purposes to serve as a tool. This amazing object has many traditional uses and purposes; a very common use for trays by the Fipa people is for carrying meat during special events such as weddings or rituals. This object is carved out of a single piece of wood, which requires a fairly large tree. With that being the case, if trays became damaged or incurred cracks due to separation from drying it is common to see repousse repairs. Another amazing characteristic of the tray is the amount of patina. Almost everywhere around the edge of the tray large amounts of patina are present, which shows that this tray was used quite often and for a great length of time.
This tray measures: 23" x 17.5" x 3"