An excellent old carving from Tanzania called Sukuma Female Figure. Her facial features small eyes with a pursed mouth and very large ears. Eqiupped with and attached to a custom base, this statue is ready for display in private or public collection.
Carved figures such as this from Tanzania pose problems of identity and must be generally assigned to a number of different people including the Pare, Chaga, Kwere or Chamba/Shamba. This is because Tanzanian Tribal Art is less researched in comparison to others. Take note that this part of Africa does not have the great variety or numbers of sculpture and masks as found in West Africa. Though the ethnic diversity in the region is complex that they often share sculptural styles and forms. It is also the case that they have been not well studied to fully define the use and function of sculptures and masks among East African groups. This figure could be used during initiations and by traditional practitioners of healing rituals. They also are said to be commemorate an ancestor.
Height – 87cm
Length – 15cm
Width – 15cm
Weight – 7.2kg (Excluding Packing)