TABWA MPUNDU DOLL FIGURE 6, DRC

 

Despite its appearance this Tabwa doll figure shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

This doll is unusual. It has imbedded beads instead of carved scarification patterns, a metal ring without a clear purpose, and a horizontal transverse hole through the head that would have allowed it to be suspended or worn. The patina is beautiful.

Photographs © Tim Hamill

TABWA
Doll 6
6.5" high x 2" wide x 2" deep
$300 

Small figures in the form of cylindrical body with round head show details and scarification markings characteristic of classic Tabwa sculpture. Dolls like these are found all over the Tabwa region and among their neighbors such as the Nyamwezi and Zoramo.

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