House of slave trader Tippu Tip. Traditional carved door. Detail: tympanum.
19th c African (East) Zanzibari Architectural Decoration
Stone Town (Mji Mkongwe). Zanzibar. Tanzania.
"Tippu (or Tippo) Tip (Hamed Bin Mohammed el Murjebi, 1837-1905) was the most famous slaver in the Congo and East Africa. Elaborately carved doors were status symbols in Zanzibari houses."