East Africa, Tanzania
Early 20th Century
Previous Collection: Drs. Jean and Noble Endicott, NYC

Standing on thin legs supported by an elongated torso with an exaggerated curved back and highly expressive face, this figure is a fine example of early Tanzanian art. The face with deeply inset trade beads gazing wildly outward and a detailed crosshatched coiffure show that the carver was of a generation that paid close attention to the finest detail. Based on the quality and condition of this amulet; it is safe to assume this object was quite important to the owner; as it would have protected him from evil spirits. Carved from a dense wood with a beautiful honey colored surface, this object is in excellent condition.

This amulet stands 3.5” tall.

SOLD / 5-1-11