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Sukuma statue (N° 22089)

Anthropomorphic figure with a tubular morphology, frozen as if in balance in a dynamic posture, asymmetrical bowed legs. One of the arms is articulated. The ovoid head has huge ears, the eyes and nostrils are pierced.
Leather-like patina, reddish brown, abraded. Slight accidents, fine cracks.
In the southern coastal region of Tanzania, around Dar-es-Salaam, a relatively homogeneous group produced most of the artistic productions. It includes the Swahili, Kaguru, Doé, Kwéré, Luguru, Zaramo, Kami. The second region is made up of a territory covering southern Tanzania to Mozambique, where some Makonde and the Yao, the Ngindo, Mwéra, and Makua live. In the North-East of Tanzania, the Chaga, Paré, Chamba, Zigua, Massaï, Iraqw, Gogo, and Héhé have an artistic production presenting similarities with Malagasy and Batak art, which could be explained by commercial exchanges by Sea route. The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are established in the central western 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 produced figurative statues, terracotta sculptures and inset masks of teeth.  

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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
EthnyNyamwezi
CountryTanzanie
Material(s)wood
Height cm87
Width32 cm
Weight3.39 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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