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Shamba Mummy (N° 22579)
Sculpture wrapped in leather or textile impregnated with substances giving them the appearance of a shroud.
Some of them were hollowed out to hold ingredients for magical purposes.
They were used during healing rites or the initiation of secret associations.
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This ritual object comes from the north-eastern region of Tanzania, bordering Kenya, facing the Indian Ocean, where the Paré, Shamba or Chamba, Zigua, and Mbugu tribes live. A relative homogeneity characterizes the productions of these groups, recalling some of the Madagascans and Bataks with whom, via maritime trade, contact could once have been established.
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