Exceptiona skill and care has gone into the carving of this elegant, elongated female figure seated atop a finely carved variegated pin. Female figures were dominant in the carving of the matrilineal Zaramo and Kwere and often quite abstracted. Here the abstraction has been relieved by the arms with clasped hands and the rounded sensual buttocks.The two sweeping characteristic crests on the head represent a womans hair style called moja-moja. The hairstyle was worn first by female initiates called mwali once they had finished with their seclusion and entered the world as a woman.
Provenance: Private collection, Netherlands