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A Zaramo or Kwere Figural Hairpin

Tribe Dynasty

Zaramo or Kwere

Country Of Origin

Tanzania

Region

Central and northern coastal region

Date

Early 20th century

Size

29.5 cms (11½ ins)

Materials

Wood

Technique

Carved

Condition

Excellent condition

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.

Price

Price on request

Reference No

2600

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