Global Art & Artifacts

Rare wrapped Zigua Mummy Figure.  Statue.  Tanzania.  Africa

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The ethnic Zigula/Zigua are from the northern Pwani and southern Tanga  Regions of Tanzania.  Their art is poorly understood and frequently misidentified.


They have a vibrant tradition of ritual carvings . . . such as their “mummy” figures.  Some are wrapped in cloth and coated in a sacred liquid concoction…. some are wrapped and coated with a liquid mixed with clay and earth.   The later applies here.


A single piece of hardwood is carved and carefully wrapped with strips of fabric by the village spiritualist or shaman.  The layers are then saturated with the liquid/clay substance, as mentioned above.  The owner, his family and his crops are now protected from malevolent spirits.


Another rare find for the Serious Collector.  Stand is included.



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