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Zigua Statue (N° 25582)

Large head framed by oversized ears and pupils inlaid with pearls, straight body, this African zigua art figure is tied with cords. This African statue, among the Zigua, served as an initiation support. The Sukuma of northern Tanzania use similar figures.
Irregular surface of heterogeneous color. Matte patina.
This piece of tribal artcomes 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 sculpture was probably used for didactic purposes during male initiations. She could also embody an ancestor or a spirit.  

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OriginPar succession collection française.
Material(s)wood, plant fibre, perles
Height cm56
Width13 cm
Weight1.52 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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