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Sukuma Female Moveable Arms Tanzania 44 Inch Africa

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Title Sukuma Female Moveable Arms Tanzania 44 Inch Africa
Type of Object carved wooden maternity figure
Country of Origin Tanzania
People Sukuma
Materials Wood, unknown metal (tin or aluminum)
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 44.5 inches H x 12.5 inches W x 11 inches D.
Overall Condition Poor. 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 Extensive wear, Cracks, old arrested bug damage, missing foot, hole in metal on belly

Additional Information:  A tall and charming maternity figure that exudes a sense of mystery as most Tanzanian carvings do.  Consistent with known Sukuma motifs, the eyes are high on the head and deeply carved.  There is a child gripped to her back, and the curves of her body are meant to suggest fertlity.  There are several repairs in the piece and a worn surface with signs of bug damage suggests that it has significant age. 

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.