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Sukuma Male Statue Tanzania African Art 41 Inch

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Title Sukuma Male Statue Tanzania African Art 41 Inch
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Tanzania
People Sukuma
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Second half 20th century
Dimensions 41.5 inches tall x 8 inches wide x 9 inches deep
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 Large Splits through body and head, cracks chips and scuffs

Additional Information: An excellent carving from Tanzania; we are unsure the people who produced this piece.  The pregnant woman form is common in Sukuma art, but the characteristics are varied in this statue.  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.  It must be remembered that this area 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. Figures such as this are used during initiations and by traditional practitioners of healing rituals. They also are said to be commemorate an ancestor.

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.