SUKUMA DANCE FIGURES, Tanzania

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 15
83" high
$3000

 

  SUKUMA
Figure 3
42" high
$1200

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 16
41.5" high
$2000

     

 SUKUMA
Figure 17
33" high
$1200

 SUKUMA
Figure 20
35" high
$1200

 SUKUMA
Figure 21
34.5" high
$800

The Sukuma figures above have been vetted as authentic with signs of age and use.

 

This piece has not been vetted therefore our default position is that it may have been made for the art market.

Despite their appearance the Sukuma figures below were probably made to be sold.

   

 SUKUMA
Figure 10
21" high
$800

 SUKUMA
Figure 11
52" high
$600

   

  SUKUMA
Figure 7
32" high
$600
 

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 5
39" high
$400
 

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 9
29" high
$400 

   

 SUKUMA
Figure 6
36" high
$300
 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SUKUMA, DANCE FIGURES

Little is known of these strange figures, danced by the Sukuma a northern Nyamwezi people. Features are undistinguished, gender is often undefined. The figures, called mabinda, with moving parts (present or missing) are used in very theatrical, competitive and often provocative dance performances. The other figures relate to grave markers or are part of a chief's treasury. Nyamwezi figures are often similar but usually with inset beaded eyes.

There is a good article on the Sukuma dance ceremonies by Aimee Bessire in the Spring 2005 issue of African Arts.

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