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Samba clay elephant initiation figure with reference

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Samba clay elephant initiation figure with reference

A rarely encountered clay initiation figure in the form of an elephant, accompanied by a scarce 1956 reference book titled, African Figurines, Their Ceremonial Use in Puberty Rites in Tanganyika. Authored by H. Cory, Government Sociologist, Tanganyika. This highly stylized figure has an old repair to the trunk and right rear leg . It appears to be grey clay with mica and seems to be colored with a terra cotta colored pigment. The scarce reference book is in very good condition with only slight scuffing to the edges and corners with some yellowing to the ages. Good binding. It details with text and black and white photos the initiation practices of several Tanzanian communities who were still using clay figures as a part of their initiation ceremonies at mid 20th C. The figure is 10.25" x 6" and the book is 6.5 x 10" Please inquire with questions.

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