This fine Jesus figure, from the southern region of Tanzania bordering Mozambique, exhibits an abundance of artistic creativity. Unusually, the figure of Jesus and the cross have both been carved from a single piece of wood. The legs of the Jesus are short compared to the rest of the body, accentuating the power and importance of the chest and head. The nose of the Jesus is also unusual, being upturned and rounded.
It has been carved with a solid block base so that the Jesus could either be traditionally hung or free-standing. Such pieces were kept in the household as religious symbols, and to give spiritual protection to the family dwelling.
Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century
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