The Stormy Seas


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Introducing our stunning painting, a masterpiece that captures the beauty and mystery of the Tanzanian coastline. This painting depicts an abandoned traditional boat called a Ngalawa, anchored on the shore, with its sail missing, and only a rope tied to the back of the boat, one end of which disappears out of the canvas.

Ngalawa is a traditional wooden fishing boat commonly used in the coastal regions of East Africa, particularly in Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Kenya. The ngalawa is a simple vessel made from a single tree trunk that has been hollowed out and carved into a canoe-like shape. The boat is propelled using a triangular sail, and the fishermen use long wooden paddles to navigate and maneuver the vessel in the water.

Ngalawas are primarily used for fishing, with local fishermen venturing out into the Indian Ocean to catch fish, octopus, and other seafood. The boats are known for their speed and maneuverability, and skilled ngalawa fishermen are highly respected in their communities. 

galawas have a long history and have been used for centuries by the Swahili people, who are a mix of African and Arab cultures that live along the coast of East Africa. The boats are typically made from hardwood trees such as mango, teak, or mahogany, and can vary in length from 6 to 12 meters.

Traditionally, ngalawas were used for fishing and transportation of goods and people along the coast. They were used by local fishermen to catch fish for their own consumption as well as for sale in local markets. Ngalawas were also used by traders to transport goods such as spices, textiles, and ivory from inland regions to coastal towns and cities.

In recent years, ngalawas have also become popular as a tourist attraction, with visitors taking part in ngalawa sailing experiences and excursions along the East African coast. Ngalawa racing is also a popular sport in Tanzania, with competitive races held between ngalawa teams in various coastal towns and villages.

The painting evokes a sense of nostalgia, as we are left to imagine the story behind this boat - who owned it, where they sailed, and why it was left behind. Perhaps it was used for fishing, or transporting goods along the coast, or even for leisurely pleasure cruises. Whatever its purpose, the boat now sits abandoned, and the painting beautifully captures this moment frozen in time.

The scene depicted in the painting is distinctly African, with the rugged coastline of Tanzania providing the backdrop. The colors used in the painting - muted blues, greens, and browns - perfectly capture the mood and atmosphere of the coastal region, with its mix of serenity and wildness.

One of the most striking features of the painting is the rope, which seems to stretch out of the canvas and into the viewer's imagination. This clever use of perspective draws the eye into the painting and creates a sense of movement and depth. It also adds to the sense of mystery and intrigue, as we are left to wonder where the rope leads and what lies beyond the canvas.

The boat itself is a work of art, with its intricate details and weathered appearance. It is clear that the artist has taken great care in capturing every nuance of the boat's design, from the curved edges of the hull to the rough texture of the wood. The boat almost seems to have a personality of its own, and we are left to ponder the story behind its abandonment.


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

Type: African Art

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