Rare. Mummy Figure. Protective Statue. Wood & Fabric. Tanzania. Zigula. Pwani / Tanga Regions. Africa.
The Zigula are a Tanzanian ethnic and linguistic people from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga regions.
To say their art is poorly understood is an understatement. Their “wrapped mummy” statuary is used in secret rituals that protect their owners from evil spirits and power.
The figure is normally carved from one piece of wood. Then strips of cloth or bark are soaked in a special concoction prepared by the village spiritual leader or shaman. While still wet, the strips are tightly wound around the figure. Once dried, the “evils” contained with the wooden statue are sealed within and protects the owner.
A rare find in this condition. Acquired from an art dealer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
On a stand.