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Ceremonial Figure

Kwere, Tanzania. £3200

Fine Ceremonial Figure. Kwere Culture, Tanzania

Among the Kwere, young girls would have been carried into their villages during initiation rites that marked a transition into womanhood. This double figurative sculpture depicts this process of a Kwere female entering a new stage of life. In an illustration of this custom, the sculpture shows a male porter carrying a young female on his shoulders. She sits in a proud, upright stance, with her hands resting on her knees. Adorning her neck are strings of tiny early glass beads, and strands of blue, white and red glass beads decorate her torso.

 

During the ceremony, the figurative sculpture would have been paraded as the woman underwent the change of status into womanhood. Kept subsequently as a memento by the woman’s family, the sculpture would have been cherished, and only brought out on special occasions. The surface of this piece exhibits a beautiful smooth patina, as a result of its handling over time.

Estimated Period: Mid-20th Century (Or Before)

H (Excl. Stand): 49.5cm

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