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Nyamwezi Beaded Medicine Pot Tanzania African Art 112944

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+ Title - Nyamwezi Beaded Medicine Pot Tanzania African Art
+ Type of Object - beaded container
+ Country of Origin - Tanzania
+ People - Nyamwezi, or Zaramo
+ Materials - Gourd, glass beads, leather and vegetal fiber strands, wood
+ Other Dimensions - Height: 9 InchesWidth: 4 Inches
+ Overall Condition - Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
+ Damage/Repair - broken straps, dirty beads, small chips and scrapes

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Additional Information: The form is familiar, reminding of the beaded fertility dolls of Tanzania, with wide bases and narrow tops. But this is a bit different; the head that stands from the top is a long stopper. The hollow beaded container is likely a medicine pot

The Nyamwezi are known for their carving that is at best roughly executed and relatively sparsely described in the literature of East African art. However there are a number of uses given to sculpted figures among the Nyamwezi including witchcraft, magic and social entertainment. Among the Nyamwezi powerful forces known as ‘bulogi’ are organized with cults centered around certain spirits. This includes the manipulation of forces and the developments of cults or spirit possession in which members of the Baswezi society are possessed or mounted by the Swezi spirit.

According to oral traditions they settled in west central Tanzania where they presently live sometime during the 1600s. Called “people of the moon” by their neighbors in Tanzania the Nyamwezi lived in large settlements and at one time in a number of kingdoms but today live in small dispersed settlements under local chiefs.

For similar pieces, see Bacquart, Jean-Baptist, Tribal Arts of Africa, 1998, fig. a, p. 223. See also Kerchache, Jacques, and Al. Art of Africa, 1988, figs. 807-808

Recommended Reading: Abrahams, R. G. The Peoples of Greater Unyamwezi, Tanzania. International African Institute. 1967;

Iliffe, John . A Modern History of Tanganyika. Cambridge University Press. 1979


SKU: 112944
PRODUCT DETAILS

+ Title - Nyamwezi Beaded Medicine Pot Tanzania African Art
+ Type of Object - beaded container
+ Country of Origin - Tanzania
+ People - Nyamwezi, or Zaramo
+ Materials - Gourd, glass beads, leather and vegetal fiber strands, wood
+ Other Dimensions - Height: 9 InchesWidth: 4 Inches
+ Overall Condition - Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
+ Damage/Repair - broken straps, dirty beads, small chips and scrapes

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Additional Information: The form is familiar, reminding of the beaded fertility dolls of Tanzania, with wide bases and narrow tops. But this is a bit different; the head that stands from the top is a long stopper. The hollow beaded container is likely a medicine pot

The Nyamwezi are known for their carving that is at best roughly executed and relatively sparsely described in the literature of East African art. However there are a number of uses given to sculpted figures among the Nyamwezi including witchcraft, magic and social entertainment. Among the Nyamwezi powerful forces known as ‘bulogi’ are organized with cults centered around certain spirits. This includes the manipulation of forces and the developments of cults or spirit possession in which members of the Baswezi society are possessed or mounted by the Swezi spirit.

According to oral traditions they settled in west central Tanzania where they presently live sometime during the 1600s. Called “people of the moon” by their neighbors in Tanzania the Nyamwezi lived in large settlements and at one time in a number of kingdoms but today live in small dispersed settlements under local chiefs.

For similar pieces, see Bacquart, Jean-Baptist, Tribal Arts of Africa, 1998, fig. a, p. 223. See also Kerchache, Jacques, and Al. Art of Africa, 1988, figs. 807-808

Recommended Reading: Abrahams, R. G. The Peoples of Greater Unyamwezi, Tanzania. International African Institute. 1967;

Iliffe, John . A Modern History of Tanganyika. Cambridge University Press. 1979


SKU: 112944

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Nyamwezi Beaded Medicine Pot Tanzania African Art 112944

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