a pare fetish figure .19,7 cm
The traditional eastern African art of the tribes of Tanzania, such as the Makonde, Nyamwesi, Zaramo, Kwere, Doe, Zigua, Shangaa, Pare, etc., has only recently attracted more attention and been the subject of increasingly detailed research. It is a promising field for researchers and collectors.
The present male figure displays the perfect style of the Pare, from northeast Tanzania. It is made of hard, heavy wood The large, flat ears, almost round in shape, and the bald head are typical of the Pare style. The eyes are set with white glass beads, The small sculpture has a leather clothing around the body
a local ‘waganga’ (priest, healer, soothsayer) who used figures such as this one in their rituals (healing the sick, predicting the future etc.).
ex james stephenson
ex private belgium