A Zaramo or Kwere Figural Hairpin
Zaramo or Kwere
Country Of Origin
Central and northern coastal region
Early 20th century
29.5 cms (11½ ins)
Refined skill and care has gone into the carving of this unusually elegant, elongated female figure seated atop a finely carved pin. Female figures were dominant in the carving of the matrilineal cultures of the Zaramo and Kwere and are often quite abstracted, but here is a more naturally representational figure of a woman with rounded sensual buttocks and hands clasped in front of her. The two sweeping characteristic crests on the head depicts a woman’s hairstyle called moja-moja, that was worn for the first time by female initiates, mwali, after they had finished their period of seclusion and entered the world as a woman.
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