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Sukuma Tanzanie mask
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African mask from Tanzania, associated with the dance ceremonies of the dry season, with a face covered with linear scarifications. Sticks representing teeth were previously inlaid in the wood. Satin patina.
Cracks from desiccation.
Height on base: 43 cm. In the southern coastal region of Tanzania, around Dar-es-Salam, a relatively homogeneous group has produced the bulk of artistic output. It includes the Swahili, Kaguru, Doé, Kwéré, Luguru, Zaramo, Kami. The second region is formed by a territory covering the south of Tanzania to Mozambique, where some Makonde and Yao, Ngindo, Mwéra, 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 ...


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Tanzanian Sukuma Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Sukuma

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, ...


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Masque tribal Kumu
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Tribal art > African mask > Komo Mask

A ferocious expression for this red patina mask. Quadrangular gapes for the eyes and mouth still lined with scattered animal teeth, bulging shapes for the forehead and nose, form a striking effect. A soft, grainy agglomerates, highlighting the openings. Beautiful abraded patina.
Among the first art masks, this African mask named Nsembu performed in male-female pairs, and was used by the soothsayer society Nkunda within the clans living in the northern region of Uituri.
The Kumu, Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and Central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their artistic production also has great ...


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