Wrapped and Beaded Nyamwezi Doll 19″ – Tanzania – African Art


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This statue was carved in the style of the Nyamwezi people of Tanzania. The statue depicts a doll, without arms, that is wrapped in thin rope and strings of beads. The statue measures 19 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear. Please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber and beads

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Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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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.”