SUKUMA DANCE FIGURES ARCHIVES, Tanzania


The figures below have been sold. They are left here for educational and reference purposes.
For UNSOLD Sukuma figures GO TO SUKUMA FIGURES PAGE

 

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 16
41.5" high
SOLD

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 1
SOLD

 

  SUKUMA
Figure 2
SOLD

 

 SUKUMA
Figure 4
SOLD

  SUKUMA
Figure 12
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 SUKUMA
Figure 14
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  SUKUMA
Figure 8
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 SUKUMA
Head 18
SOLD

 

 SUKUMA
Head 19
SOLD

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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