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Tutsi cuff
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This functional adornment intended for archers was worn on the left in order to protect the forearm from collisions. In Rwanda, the Tutsi used a pad covered with grass, and wooden protections named igitembe were therefore rare.
Velvety patina, copper inlays on each side.
Height on base: 25 cm.

Abrasions and cracks.
A nomadic people, the Tutsi were particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurrent internal wars. The groups of people called "Bantous interlacustres", 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 objects of daily use. The Tutsi raise cattle. They also ...


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Tutsi Rwanda milk pot
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Pot Tutsi

The usual East African container, elongated in shape, thin walls and without a lid, designed by a nomadic people. The latter was particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurrent infighting. Population groups called "Bantous interlacustres", located between Lake Victoria and the Limpopo River, include the Ganda, Nyoro, Nkole, Soga, Toro, Hima, and the Tutsi 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 basket making. This utilitarian object has polished walls and a surface with usage impacts. Decorative restorations using shards of incised metal.
Medium brown satin patina.


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Tutsi Rwanda milk pot
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African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Pot Tutsi

Decorated with brass slats, this ancient container from East Africa was designed by a nomadic people. The latter was particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurrent infighting. Population groups called "Bantous interlacustres", located 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 basket making. This elongated pot features polished and satin walls, and clearly visible abrasions and impacts of use. Medium brown glossy patina.


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