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Modern & Contemporary African Art Online / Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi) (South African, 1942-1991) If a Child... (unframed)

Lot 11
Dumile Feni-Mhlaba
(Zwelidumile Mxgazi) (South African, 1942-1991)
If a Child... (unframed)
3 – 17 August 2022, 12:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£800 - £1,200

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Dumile Feni-Mhlaba (Zwelidumile Mxgazi) (South African, 1942-1991)

If a Child...
ink on paper
25.5 x 20.5cm (10 1/16 x 8 1/16in).


The inscription reads:

If a Child Is open to a (some [deleted]) kind/ of lesson to me It can only mean/ that the child is learning like/ Any (Man should [inserted]). Child: And I fail to see the/ [indistinguishable] of it all: perhaps/ this brings out the self appointed/ superiority in some of us, when we/ are what we think we are. When/ [indistinguishable]/ these sounds are/ to this child/ like honey to a/ bear: And not/ like a bear that/ is put into a/ net and cannot/ get out and at/ the same time being expected to produce honey.

Jan VAN Riebieck
Pieter van der Stell.

not only polite but stupid./ Why: for the simple reason/ like anybody: if one is permitted to do as/ they wish: to be polite enough to get up and/ go out when they do/ not want to see or/ listen to what they dont want.

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