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Framed Original, Unframed Print

Impundulu II



Historically Impundulu, or the “lightning bird”, was a creature who featured in the folklore of the Nguni people. It is a vampiric creature associated with witchcraft, often the servant or familiar of a witch or witch doctor, which attacks the witch’s enemies. The creature takes the form of a giant black and white bird, which is said to summon thunder and lightning with its wings and talons. Since the 20th century, Impundulu, in Nguni parlance, has referred to an entity that possesses those who are suffering from physical or mental afflictions (Hammond-Tooke, 1974).

Mixed media on Museum Etching

435 x 360 mm

(original artwork is framed in one-off vintage frame with bronze plaque as per image)

Prints are on German Etching 310 gsm | 360 x 286 mm | Edition of 15 | hand-signed, dated and numbered

Source image provided by Iziko Museums (William Fehr Collection)


Artist: Aernout Smit
Name: “Table Bay in 1679”
Date: 1680