NYAMWEZI & ZIGWA STYLE FIGURES ARCHIVES, Tanzania

In spite of their appearance and patina, we do not believe that these figures show signs of tribal use.

The figures below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

For UNSOLD Nyamwezi and Zigwa figures, GO TO NYAMWEZI & ZIGWA STYLE FIGURES PAGE


NYAMWEZI STYLE
Couple 16
9.75 - 10.75" high
SOLD

ZIGWA STYLE
Figure 8
14.5" high
SOLD

NYAMWEZI STYLE
Figure 24
15.5" high
SOLD


 

ZIGWA STYLE
Figure 1
32" high
SOLD

  NYAMWEZI STYLE
Figure 2
27.5" high
SOLD

ZIGWA STYLE
Figure 7
15" high
SOLD

ZIGWA STYLE
Figure 9
14.5" high
SOLD


 NYAMWEZI STYLE
Figure 12
24" high
SOLD
 

 

 NYAMWEZI STYLE
Figure 13
24.5" high
SOLD

NYAMWEZI STYLE
Figure 23
15" high
SOLD

 

  NYAMWEZI STYLE
Figure 15
24" high
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

NYAMWEZI & 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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