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Statue Paré / Zigua Tanzania (N° 14680)

This male figure, represented in an unusual position, a leg widely slanting, adopts a voluminous head in which the pupils were set with pearls. The large circular ears also form one of the specificfeatures of East African statuary. Arms with joined fingers are brought back in front of the bust, and an assemblage of animal horns and dried fruit features the genitals. The feet, very frustrated, have the appearance of stumps. The sculpture is swaddled in a red fabric that a brilliant ritual-encrusted, locally cracked, stiffened slitm. The resulting patina, dark brown, is speckled with residual light ochre pigments. The top of the head has been hollowed out to place ingredients that are now absent for protective or therapeutic purposes. This statue comes from the northeastern region of Tanzania, bordering Kenya, facing the Indian Ocean, where the Paré, Shamba, Zigua, and Mbugu tribes live. A relative homogeneity characterizes the productions of these groups, recalling some of the Malagasy and Bataks with whom, via maritime trade, contact could once have been established. This piece was probably used for educational purposes during male initiations. It could also embody an ancestor or a spirit.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyTanzanie
CountryTanzanie
Material(s)wood, textile, cornes d'ovins, fruits séchés
Height50
Width26
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°

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