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Nyamwezi Doll (N° 26982)

Among the most unusual African dolls, this version from Tanzania is based around gourds decorated with an abundance of decorative accessories, glass beads, cowrie shells, woven raffia belt, limbs made of woven textile. A wooden ring perfects and highlights the abdominal protrusion symbolizing the lineage.
Height on base: 49 cm.
The Luo, Kuria, Haya and Ziba, the Kéréwé, Karagwé, Sukuma and Nyamézi are established in the central west and central region of Tanzania. The Nyamwezi, Nyamézi, ("the people of the west" and sometimes "the people of the moon ") form the largest group among the tribes living in north-central Tanzania. Coming from diverse origins, although sharing the same cultural specificities, their ritual and artistic production consequently presents very different formal aspects. The cult of ancestors and chiefs, of major importance within their culture, has left its mark on their statuary.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)fruits de la calebasse, textile, perles et cauris
Height cm38
Width20 cm
Weight1.33 Kg
Socle includedYes

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