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Bracelet Tutsi Igitembe (N° 17628)
This functional adornment for archers was worn to the left to protect the forearm from clashes. In Rwanda, Tutsi used a grass-covered pad, and wooden protections called igitembe were therefore rare. This igitembe of a beautiful clear patina has an internal circumference of 7.5 cm, and is set with three copper inlays on each side.
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The Tutsi were particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and recurrent infighting. The named population groups Interlacustres Bantus, established between Lake Victoria and the Limpopo River, include the Ganda, Nyoro, Nkole, Soga, Toro, Hima, and the Tutsi of Rwanda and Burundi. Their cultures have similarities, as do their artistic production and their everyday objects. The Tutsi raise cattle. They also excel in the art of weaving and basketry. Source: Africa, the art of a continent Ed. Prestel S.157
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