This figure is in typical Shamba form; a thick encrusted patina, usually resulted from numerous libations, and wrapped in a thin layer of fabric. This piece is not steady while standing alone. We offer customer stands – inquire for more information.
Small Clay Shamba Figure 8.5″ – Tanzania – African Art
1 in stock
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Clay, encrusted fabric
Minor imperfections and wear and tear. Possible previous repairs.
About the Shamba People
Shamba artists created small wooden and clay figures, which are usually covered in a thick sacrificial patina. They often have an enlarged head with a broad smile and circular ears.
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.