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Nyamwezi African Statue/Figure on Custom Stand 15″ – Tanzania

$225.00 $112.50

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Type of Object

Figure on custom Base, Statue

Country of Origin

Tanzania

Ethnicity

Nyamwezi

Material
Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

15"

Width

5"

Depth

5"

Weight

2.5

Overall Condition

Good, with some wear—see photos.

Tribe Information

About the Nyamwezi People

“The 500,000 Nyamwezi people, whose name means either “Men of the West’ or ‘Men of the Moon’, are the largest ethnic group living in Tanzania. Socially, they are organized into villages which correspond to small chiefdoms and each chief is responsible for the material wealth of the village, while the spiritual welfare is governed by the village sorcerer. The cult of ancestors, which protects each family, plays an important role in the religious life of Nyamwezi people.”

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About the Nyamwezi Figure

“Nyamwezi carvers are also famous for their figures, which are normally carved out from a dark, heavy wood with a shiny surface. They tend to have elongated features with the statue’s face divided into two planes and the eyes inset with circular white beads. Such elongated figures with distorted limbs were used in water divination ceremonies.”