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Female figure Nyamézi (N° 14375)

This female figure sculpted in a very dense wood and with a thin silhouette offers a head in which hollowed eyes were usually encrusted with white beads. The size of the ears contrasts with a discreet appearance. This type of statues, among the wide variety of tribal production of this region, participated in the worship of ancestors, and some played a role in traditional Seeker activities. Dark matte, oiled skate. Lacks at the ends of the breast and feet, cracks.
The Nyamwezi are made up of tribes of various origins that make up the largest group in central Tanzania, but share the same cultural traits. They were involved in the 19th century in the caravan trade that crossed their territory Unyamwézi . They were therefore brought to travel from Congo (R.D.C.) coastal towns in the Indian Ocean, where they were described as "Nyamwézi", "men of the Moon" or "men of the West". Organized into villages run by chiefs, however, their spiritual life remained under the responsibility of the sorcerer.  

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Originex-collection Moreno
EthnyNyamwezi
CountryTanzanie
Material(s)wood
Height48
Width10
Weight1.20 Kg
Socle includedYes

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