26. Female Figure
Tanzanian Coastal Region
This female figure stands in an upright position with her hands resting on her upper legs. The upper band of the figure’s skirt is adorned with circular and V-shaped decorations. The figure's head - featuring circular-shaped ears - is adorned with a sweeping, multiple-parted coiffure.
The figure has been carved from a dense brown wood, which exhibits a beautiful worn surface patina. This patina is particularly prevalent around the facial area and arms, as a result of extensive handling over time.
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The figure is missing both feet.
Ex Private Collection, UK