NYAMWEZI / NYAMWEZI STYLE & ZIGWA STYLE FIGURES, Tanzania

This half-figure puppet has been vetted as authentic with signs of use and age.


 

NYAMWEZI
Figure 21
20.5" high
$1000



While originating from the African continent, these figures are likely not created by the tribe who invented the design. The tribal attribution indicates the origin of the design, not the object.

NYAMWEZI
Figure 11

20.5" high
$500

NYAMWEZI
Figure 25

10" high
$200


 

 NYAMWEZI
Figure 3
28" high
$300

NYAMWEZI
Figure 22
20" high
$400

NYAMWEZI
Figure 24
15.5" high
$250

 NYAMWEZI
Figure 6
21" high
$300


ZIGWA
Figure 8
14.5" high
$300

  ZIGWA
Figure 5
22.5" high
$300

NYAMWEZI
Figure 26

4.5" high
$125

NYAMWEZI
Figure 27

4" high
$125


 NYAMWEZI
Figure 9
20" high
$200

 

 NYAMWEZI
Figure 10
23" high
$200

 NYAMWEZI
Figure 4
21" high
$300

 

NYAMWEZI
Figure 14
24" high
$150

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

NYAMWEZI / NYAMWEZI STYLE & ZIGWA STYLE, FIGURES, Tanzania

The name Nyamwezi means "people from the moon" in Swahili. It is usually taken to be a reference to their homeland in northwest central Tanzania, given to them by the people from the coastal regions of the country. Their elongated and often quite elegant little figures may be partially or completely wrapped with leather bands or cloth.

The Zigwa are from northeastern Tanzania. In addition to being wrapped in cloth, their figures are frequently bound with cords.

The large puppets made by the Sukuma people of Tanzania display clear aesthetic similarities to the figures of these two groups.


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