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Igitembe Tutsi cuff (N° 16429)

This functional adornment for archers was worn to the left to protect the forearm from bumps. In Rwanda, the Tutsi used a herb-covered pad, so wooden protections called igitembe were rare. Our model has an internal circumference of 8 cm, and has three rectangular metal inlays on each side. The surface of the wood is abraded by use. A crack runs through the center of the bracelet.
nomadic People, the Tutsi were particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and recurrent infighting. Population groups called "Bantous interlacustres", established between Lake Victoria and the Limpopo River, include the Ganda, Nyoro, Nkole, Soga, Toro, Hima, and the Tutsi Rwanda and Burundi. Their cultures have similarities, as do their artistic production and their everyday objects. The Tutsi raise cattle. They also excel in the art of weaving and basket making. Source: "Africa, the art of a continent"Ed. Prestel P.157  

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Originex-collection Loriot
EthnyTutsi
CountryBurundi
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm18
Width17 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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