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Mandela mace on exhibit here
02.08.2018

    Mandela mace on exhibit here

    Zhao Baopei, honorary chairman of the Africa-Shanghai General Chamber of Commerce and collector of the exhibits, with the Zulu Sangoma stick.

    A collection of rare African sculptures, including a sacred mace of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), will be put on display at the city’s urban planning exhibition hall from tomorrow.

    The nearly two-month exhibition, themed “One family of China and Africa” and featuring some 150 artworks and cultural relics from 20 African nations, is said to be the biggest exhibition on African art and culture in recent years, according to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.

    The exhibits range from wood, stone, bronze and pottery sculptures to traditional musical instruments, masks and daily commodities which will showcase African art to the Chinese people, said Zhao Baopei, honorary chairman of the Africa-Shanghai General Chamber of Commerce and collector of the exhibits.

    One of the highlights of the exhibition is the Zulu Sangoma stick belonging to anti-apartheid hero Mandela, one of the two Sangoma sticks owned by the former South African president. The other mace is at the Museum Africa in Johannesburg. The sticks were made by renowned diviner Credo Mutwa and presented to Mandela by the Zulu king in 1961. Mutwa, the spiritual leader of South Africa and an artist, made two sticks for the king and told him that Mandela would liberate the country.

    Other key exhibits include a historic Zulu drum from South Africa, one of the four remaining ones in world. The exhibition at the urban planning center will run through April 15.