Nyamwezi figure
Nyamwezi female figure, Tanzania
16.5" tall
wood, pigment, beads

I really love the movement in the carving of this particular figure with the upper torso and head turned slightly to the right.
The pose with the arms behind the back, as seen in this figure, is often times a traditional gesture of sorrow or mourning in many
African cultures according to the book "Gestures in African Art".
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