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Kwéré Calabash (N° 24723)
Equipped with an anthropomorphic cap reproducing the shape of traditional dolls, the container is fitted with a carrying strap.
The Zaramo and the tribes that surround them, such as the Kwéré, designed dolls generally associated with fertility, but to which other virtues would be attributed. Its primary role is played during the period of confinement of the young initiate Zaramo. The novice will behave towards the object as with a child, and will dance with it during the closing ceremonies of the initiation. In case the young woman does not conceive, she will adopt the "child". Among the Zaramo and the Kwéré, this sculpted motif is taken up on the top of canes, decorates ritual objects and even appears on burial posts.
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|Material(s)||wood, fruit de la calebasse|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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