African wood carving is strongly linked to its creators and the tribe to which they belong. Specifically, the tribe to which the carving artist belongs gives the name to each style of carving.
Therefore, if we say that a piece of furniture or an African carving is part of Makonde African tribal art, this implies that the type of carving belongs to the Makonde tribe. And that a number of elements specific to this style are to be found in this style.
Among them, in the Makonde style of carving, the family is almost always found. The life of the tribe is exhibited, which is built around the mother – the central character, and the man is shown with the task of providing food. The wood carvings tell stories, fables and myths through details and relatively chaotically arranged naked human figures. Animals are sometimes present, but they are always related to fables that the carving artist makes visible with traditional tools, deep in the pieces of wood.
And if shamanism is not directly revealed but finely represented, then life in communion with family will always be found carved in the Makonde style, an ancient style deeply rooted in African culture and art.