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Tanzanian Sukuma Mask (N° 19374)

African mask from Tanzania, associated with the danced ceremonies of the dry season, whose broad forehead is streaked with a median scarification and a double eyebrow arch under which the circular, hollowed-out eyes are very close together. The thick nose overhangs a mouth filled with wooden sticks depicting the teeth. Granular matte patina with traces of light pigments.
In the southern coastal region of Tanzania, around Dar-es-Salam, a relatively homogenous group has produced most of the artistic output. It includes the Swahili, Kaguru, Doé, Kwéré, Luguru, Zaramo, Kami. The second region consists of a territory covering the south of Tanzania to Mozambique, where some Makonde and the Yao, Ngindo, Mwera, and Makua live. In northeastern Tanzania, the Chaga, Paré, Chamba, Zigua, Maasai, Iraqw, Gogo, and Héhé have an artistic production with similarities to Malagasy and Batak art, which could be explained by trade by sea. The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are established in the central west and central region of Tanzania. Along the shores of lakes Tanganyika and Nyasa, and Lake Nyassa, the Ha, Jiji, Bendé, Tongwé, Holoholo, Fipa, Manbwé, Kondé, Kisi and Ngoni have produced figurative statues, terracotta sculptures and inserted masks of teeth.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnySukuma
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width21
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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