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Mandu Mmtambwe Adeusi was one of the first generation of the Tinga Tinga workshop of painters. Adeusi was a member of the Makonde people. In 1971 he moved to Dar es Salaam where he trained under Edward Saidi Tingatinga. Adeusi met Tingatinga through his wife who was also Makonde. Many of the first generation of Tinga Tinga painters were relatives or close friends of the style’s founder.
This work shows a snake stealing an egg from a distracted bird. It likely depicts a folk story familiar to Tanzanian audiences. The graphic patterns on the birds’ wings and the body of the snake are painted in the typical Tinga Tinga style.
oil on board
H 61 x W 61 cm