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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.
Oiled patina.
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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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyChamba
CountryTanzanie
Material(s)wood,
Height cm24
Width6 cm
Weight0.28 Kg

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