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Statue Nyamwezi
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This type of statue, among the wide variety of tribal production in this region, participated in ancestor worship, others played a role in traditional dowsing activities.
The flat face, facing the sky, is hollowed out with rectangular orifices depicting the mouth and the eyes. Arm stubs frame a thick bust, extended by powerful legs.
Matte abraded red patina, desication cracks, losses.
The Nyamwézi are made up of tribes of various origins making up the largest group in central Tanzania, and yet sharing the same cultural traits. They were involved in the 19th century in the caravan trade that crossed their territory, the Unyamwézi. They were therefore led to travel from the Congo (R.D.C.) to the coastal cities of the Indian Ocean, where they were called "Nyamwézi", ...


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Sukuma puppet
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African sculpture remarkably expressive, from central Tanzania, where the Nyamezi and Sukuma live. A spherical head with high cheekbones, bodily marks in the form of pellets, articulated arms that a strap of skin attaches to the shoulders characterize this female figure. Satin brown patina. Signs of use, abrasions, desication cracks.
a The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, form the largest group among those established in north-central Tanzania. Coming from various origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, marked their statuary. The Sukuma and the Nyamézi produced statues represented in a static ...


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Nyamezi statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Nyamezi statue

Torsion of the bust and absence of the left limbs for this Nyamezi sculpture of a character standing on a single straight leg.
Glossy patina of use, cracks and abrasions of use.
The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, form the largest group among the tribes living in north central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, marked their statuary. The Sukuma and the Nyamézi produced statues represented in a static position, some of which, with filiform limbs, evoke the artistic creations of Alberto Giacometti. They were involved in the 19th century in the caravan trade that crossed ...


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Sukuma fetish
Tribal art > African Statues > Sukuma fetish

Female African statuette, without arms, with a bust sheathed in animal skin into which horns have been slipped. The top of the head is perforated for a ritual charge. These statuettes would relate to the ancestors.

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 ...


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Sukuma fetish
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Tribal art > African fetish > Sukuma fetish

Small anthropomorphic figure, devoid of arms, with a bust wrapped in cords, metal and garnished with cowries. The top of the head was hollowed out to receive various substances for a ritual purpose. These statuettes are said to relate to the ancestors.

In the southern coastal region of Tanzania, around Dar-es-Salaam, a relatively homogeneous group produced most of the 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 the North-East of Tanzania, the Chaga, Paré, Chamba, Zigua, Maasai, Iraqw, Gogo, and Héhé have an artistic production presenting similarities with Malagasy and Batak art, ...


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Sukuma mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Sukuma mask

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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