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Pare Mummy Figure Leather Shells Tanzania African Art

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Brand Unbranded
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Tanzania
People Pare
Materials Wood, leather, human hair, shells
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 7
Width (in) 4.4
Depth (in) 3
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Well worn patina

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Tanzanian tribal art is less researched and published than Western and Central art. There are still superb pieces coming out of rural areas. The best resource on Tanzanian art is Marc Felix's MWANA Hiti. Visona et al's ART IN AFRICA says, "{A Pare figure was} commissioned in order to enforce good behavior or punish misdeeds, for it was said to protect against theft. Its owners (or the specialist who advised them) encircled it with a cloth to bind spiritually powerful materials to its torso...the East African equivalent of the nkisi of the Congo people."