the Zanzibar convex mirror

In Mirrors by Mark Evans

The Zanzibar convex mirror is a bit of a departure for me. For one thing its a rare oval( more to come!) and its got a gold convex mirror done with 23 carat gold leaf. The surrounding materials include large recycled African glass beads, gilded wood spheres, tiger eye, onyx spheres and Venetian glass.

A shot showing the fantastic gold leaf convex mirror

Zanzibar measures around 14″ by 12″. It is being sent to Cayen Home in Carmel. Call (831) 626-2722 for more.

Jewelry for Walls!

A photo of Zanzibar from 1875 showing the “old fort”

Zanzibar is an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. It is a semi-autonomous province. Zanzibar has a long history beginning with dominant inhabitants such as the Bantu and Swahili. Evidence of long distance trade go as far back as the first century. Relationships with Middle East, India and continental Africa boomed. Vasco da Gama’s visit in 1498 marked its absorption into the Portuguese empire. The Portuguese were rather hands off given the tensions between the Muslim and African factions till around 1700 when Zanzibar came under the control of the Sultanate of Oman. Great fortunes were made by trading in ivory, gold, cloves, pepper, ambergris and slavery. Slavery was finally abolished under the direction of the British in 1732.

An ivory and gold comb from around 1800.
Various spices from a Zanzibar marketplace. No idea who took this photo

Today Zanzibar is renown for its gorgeous beaches. Tourism is the number one source of income.