12″ Zaramu Mwana Hiti Female Statue From Tanzania African Art
African Art Zaramu Mwana Hiti Female Statue From Tanzania
- Early to Mid 20th Century Mwana Hiti Female Doll Figure
The term Mwana Hiti loosely means “child made of wood”, and refers to iconic figures that depict a highly stylized female torso. The figures are commonly referred to as “dolls” but they are anything but dolls as they play significant roles in the spiritual lives of a wide range of ethnic groups in Tanzania. They are almost exclusively used by female initiates during seclusion and coming out ceremonies. Smaller ones are often worn as amulets by women wishing to enhance their fertility. The figures are also found on thrones, stools and staffs of the region and often times represent ancestors and are depicted in pairs.
- Measure Approx. 12″ tall x 3 1/4 diameter (at the base)
- Carved wood with a fine patina of age and use
- Origin is Zaramu people of Tanzania, East Africa