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Tutsi Bracelet (N° 25731) Deposit sale

Collection of Belgian African art.
Worn on the left to protect the forearm from collisions, this functional adornment was intended for archers. In Rwanda, the Tutsi used a pad covered with grass, and wooden protections called igitembe were therefore rare. Abrasions and small accidents. Height on base: 27 cm.
A nomadic people, the Tutsi were particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurrent internal wars. The population groups called "Interlacustrine 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, like 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 P.157  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyTutsi
CountryRwanda
Material(s)wood, copper
Height cm21
Width20 cm
Weight1.03 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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