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Sukuma Dancer Figure Articulating Arms Tanzania African Art 5 Feet

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Title Sukuma Dancer Figure Articulating Arms Tanzania African Art 5 Feet
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Tanzania
People Sukuma
Materials Wood, nails, washers, sheet metal (aluminum?)
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 63.5 Inches
Width: 31.5 Inches
Depth: 9 Inches
64.5 inches tall on base. 9.25 x 34.25 inch base
Overall Condition good
Damage/Repair chipped and worn surface. sheet metal repairs in two places as seen

Additional Information:  A tall, leaning dancer with arms connected with iron nails.  The dancing pose of the figure exudes a sense of mystery as most Tanzanian carvings do.  Equipped with a fine wooden base for immediate display.  

The present carving comes from Tanzania, a huge country whose arts are as diverse as the population. The complex pattern of different ethnic groups and an equally great diversity of cultures are experienced from Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria to the Indian Ocean. Along the coast, the influence of Islam is present, contrasting with the traditional Bantu culture of the interior. This common Bantu heritage shapes the diverse art forms of the many people of Tanzania. The Sukuma people live in the northern region of Tanzania where strongly featured masks were danced during the Amabela ceremony at the end of the growing season and as they entered the dry season.