|"Ibanda" female figure - Sukuma - Tanzania|
|Private collection, Hamburg, Germany|
|Hard-wood, metal, leather and animal teeth|
|H: 180 cm|
|A rare, old, female Sukuma ‘Ibinda’ dance figure. |
The figure is made of hard, heavy wood with a reddish brown patina. There is a metal band around the neck. Leather is attached around the stomach with metal nails. It is possible that magic substances are in a cavity under the leather that supposedly favour the victory of the dance society represented by the figure. Both arms are movable and are attached to the body with pieces of rectangular leather, the attachment for the left arm is damaged. The legs cannot be moved. Four animal teeth are inserted in the open mouth. The figure has clearly been used on numerous occasions. The feet appear to have been cut off.
1972 - transported to Europe
1992 - Gallery Richard, Amsterdam
from 1992 private collection
1993 - exhibited in Jasim Gallery, Düsseldorf
1994 - exhibited at Art Cologne by Galerie Neumann
Lit.: Auktion - Dorotheum Vienna - 24.03.2014, lot 154.