Slave Trade

Apae Mohammed Charinda

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This painting is a powerful and evocative depiction of the slave trade in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, during the era of Arab domination. The artist has skillfully captured the harsh reality of the trade, and the cruelty inflicted upon the people of Africa.

The painting portrays a grim scene of slaves being transported across the waters, with locals chained around their necks. The artist has also included a ship filled with slaves, along with elephant tusks being admired by some Arab men on board. The painting portrays camels on the coast, transporting slaves, and a person who appears to have been drowned near the ship, probably a disobedient slave. We also see a prison where some slaves were likely kept.

The painting captures the desperation and suffering of the slaves, who were cruelly taken from their homes and forced into a life of servitude. It also highlights the indifference and greed of those who profited from the trade.

The Arab slave trade in Tanzania dates back to the 9th century and continued until the 19th century when the British colonial authorities abolished the trade. During this period, Arab slave traders captured and transported millions of people from Tanzania and other parts of East Africa to the Middle East, where they were sold as slaves.

The slave trade was often accompanied by other forms of exploitation, such as ivory poaching. Arab traders, in search of valuable ivory tusks, engaged in large-scale hunting of elephants in Tanzania and other parts of East Africa. This not only contributed to the decline of elephant populations but also disrupted ecosystems and caused significant damage to the environment.

The legacy of the Arab slave trade and ivory poaching can still be seen in Tanzania today. Many communities in Tanzania are still grappling with the effects of the slave trade, including the loss of cultural and social structures, as well as the ongoing effects of exploitation and inequality. Similarly, the poaching of elephants and other wildlife has had lasting effects on the environment, including the loss of biodiversity and disruptions to ecosystems.

The artist has done a remarkable job of bringing to life the story of the slave trade in Tanzania. The colors and composition of the painting are incredibly impactful, and the viewer is drawn into the scene, feeling the despair and hopelessness of those who were enslaved.

This painting is an important piece of history, capturing a dark chapter in the history of Africa. It serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding and confronting the injustices of the past, in order to build a better future.

If you are looking for a painting that will challenge you, and make you think deeply about the injustices of the world, then this is the painting for you. It is a powerful work of art that will leave a lasting impression on all who view it.

In summary, this painting is a haunting and poignant portrayal of the slave trade in Tanzania. It is a powerful reminder of the injustices of the past, and serves as a call to action to confront these injustices in the present. It is a must-have for anyone interested in the history and culture of Africa, and for anyone who is committed to building a more just and equitable world.


Medium: Painting : oil, acrylic, ink
Themes: Handmade African Art
Support: Canvas
Type: Unique work
Framing: Not framed
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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