The Rainy Colony


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Introducing an exquisite painting that captures the essence of Zanzibar, a former colony that still boasts a unique charm to this day. This painting depicts a rainy day, where the streets are slick with rainwater and someone is seen walking with an old umbrella.

As we take in the painting, we are immediately transported to a different time, a time when Zanzibar was still under colonial rule. The artist masterfully captures the atmosphere of the island, as we can see the tropical rain pouring down and hear the sound of the droplets hitting the ground.

One of the most captivating elements of the painting is the figure walking with an old umbrella. It's as if we're taking a glimpse into someone's life and story, and we're left to wonder about who they are and where they're headed. Perhaps they're running an errand or making their way to work. Whatever the case, they're an essential part of the painting, adding to its depth and dimension.

The streets in the painting are also a sight to behold. We can see the typical short buildings that are still present in Zanzibar today, and we can almost feel the history and culture that's been passed down through the generations. The way the artist captures the architecture and layout of the streets is truly impressive, and it's clear that they have a deep understanding and appreciation for the island's history.

During the 19th century, European powers began to take an interest in Zanzibar and its strategic location in the Indian Ocean. In 1890, Zanzibar became a British protectorate, with the Sultan of Zanzibar retaining nominal authority. The British, like other colonial powers, sought to exploit the island's resources and people, which led to significant economic and social changes.

One of the most significant changes during the colonial period was the transformation of Zanzibar's economy. The British imposed a system of forced labor, which required the local population to work on plantations and in other industries for low wages. This led to the development of large-scale plantations, which were owned by European settlers and wealthy Arabs. The economy became heavily dependent on agriculture, with clove production becoming the dominant industry.

Another important aspect of colonial Zanzibar was the establishment of a segregated society. The British maintained a racial hierarchy, with Europeans and Arabs occupying the top rungs, followed by South Asians and Africans. The African population, which made up the majority of the island's inhabitants, was subject to numerous discriminatory laws and policies. For example, Africans were not allowed to own property in the city center and were required to carry identification cards at all times.

As we continue to take in the painting, we can see the rainwater creating reflections on the streets. The way the artist captures this is simply breathtaking, and it's as if we're looking at a photograph rather than a painting. It's the details like these that truly set this painting apart and make it a must-have for anyone who loves art or has a special connection to Zanzibar.

Overall, this painting is a true masterpiece that captures the essence of Zanzibar in a way that few other works of art can. From the rainy day to the figure with the old umbrella, to the short buildings and wet streets, everything about this painting exudes authenticity and history. It's a piece that's sure to become a cherished addition to any collection and will be admired for years to come.


Medium: Painting : oil, acrylic, ink
Themes: Handmade African Art
Support: Canvas
Type: Unique work
Framing: Not framed
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Handcrafted in Tanzania
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Size Guide

Centimeters (CM)

Inches (IN)

50CM x 40CM

19 11/16 in X 15 3/4 in

50CM x 50CM

19 11/16 in X 19 11/16 in

60CM x 60CM

23 5/8 in X 23 5/8 in

70CM x 50CM

27 9/16 in X 19 11/16 in

80CM x 60CM

31 1/2 in X 23 5/8 in

100CM x 80CM

39 3/8 in X 31 1/2 in

140CM x 110CM

55 1/8 in X 43 5/16 in