Culture & Art from Central Africa

Arkadio Siwinda – Tabernacle (Nkhokwe / Kachisi)

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Malawi - Dedza District - Mua Parish

 

Arkadio Siwinda (Chief Kamchwamba) made this tabernacle for the original church. His trade was that of carpenter, and it is possible to see in the careful finish of this work the inheritance of the carpentry workshop for which Mua was renowned over many decades. The tabernacle was fashioned originally as a ‘nkhokwe’ (granary), which is appropriate for the ‘Bread of Life’. However, it was subsequently remodelled as a ‘kachisi’ (shrine). It is right that Christ, as supreme spirit, should find his home in a shrine usually consecrate to the spirits of a place.

 

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Artist: Arkadio Siwinda

Title: Tabernacle (Kachisi)

Date: 1960

Themes: ATR, Church Furniture, Tabernacle (Kachisi)

Source: Vidi

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