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About this object

Narrative

Mbatha has worked on murals and designed tapestries, but he is best known as one of the earliest and most influential lino-cut artists in South Africa. He has used his dense narrative style to illustrate biblical themes and document local events and ceremonies, in attempting to reconcile Christianity with his Zulu heritage.

Physical description

Monochromatic linocut print. In black ink on tan paper, image shows a large group of men in long robes standing tightly in lines around five larger figures in more decorative dress, and six tall containers. One of these men empties a package into a container. In front of this group sit several smaller figures, the right-most with hands raised. A thick black line borders the entire image.