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Hand carved with loads of detail from Zimbabwe Africa, a map of Africa as well as Africas big 5 are carved into Mukwa wood. In Africa, the big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. Mukwa wood has been used to make canoes as it does not shrink or swell much. This drum is surprising light in weight, is 26 inches / 67cm in height and 14 inches/ 36cm in width. It has 3 legs, each with great detail, really great piece with cow hide on the top. For all those African Art lovers, this is a great piece to add to your collection. A beautiful item, the entire drum has been decorated so you can place it anywhere. A great collectors item.
Afrikaans: Kiaat, Sotho: Morôtô, Tswana: Mokwa, Venda: Mutondo, Shona: Mukwa, Shona: Mubvamaropa, Zulu: Umvangazi) is a species of Pterocarpus native to southern Africa
is resistant to borer and termite, is durable and has a pleasing spicy fragrance. The wood polishes well and is well known in tropical Africa as Mukwa when used to make good quality furniture that has an attractive light brownish-yellow colour. It can also be used for curios, and implements. Since the wood does not swell or shrink much it is great for canoe building. Furniture and curios are often made from the reddish sapwood. In Zimbabwe, the mbira is traditionally made from mukwa. It is valued for several medicinal uses. It has been recorded to treat ringworm, eye problems, blackwater fever, stabbing pains, malaria, and to increase the supply of breast milk. The resemblance of the sap to blood has led to the belief in supposed magical healing powers concerning the blood. Because of all these reasons and that it is also fire resistant. Mukwa trees is sometimes planted around the chief's enclosure to make a living fence.