Vintage Hand Carved Tanganyika African Fertility Statue

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 16, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Vintage Hand Carved Tanganyika African Fertility Statue

This auction is for a very RARE and unique, vintage Hand Carved fertility statue carved in Tanganyika, East Africa and imported for Afri-Craft Galleries. This amazing figurine is 19" tall, 3" wide and 3" deep. It depicts a nude African woman standing, with knees bent and hands brought down in front to cover her private frontal area. The only piece of clothing depicted is a skin tight, bead edged cloth that wraps around her mid section just above the buttocks area. It's carved from a heavy wood, like Ebony or Mahogany and is actually rather heavy at nearly 3 pounds US. Notable features include larger than normal Ears and Lips as well as pointy breasts and a small buttocks.

These statues are created by various tribes in Africa which denotes meaning and function. These figures are always related to magical or social rites to the supernatural world. To make these statues, t was a close collaboration between the "commissioner", the village diviner and the sculptor. Each statue is related to specific tribe within the area. I know this piece was hand carved in the Tanganyika region of East Africa, but I don't know which tribe carved it or when although it was suggested the 1050s. A label on the bottom of the piece reads: "Produced in Tanganyika East Africa for Afri-Craft, Inc."


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