Nyamwezi Toothy Wood Mask Tanzania

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller africadirect ✉️ (59,402) 99.9%, Location: Denver, CO, US, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 334860786849 Nyamwezi Toothy Wood Mask Tanzania. Brand Unbranded Type of Object Face mask Country of Origin Tanzania People Nyamwezi Materials Wood, pigment Approximate Age Mid 20th Century Height (in) 12.5 Width (in) 8.5 Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Damage/Repair Two missing teeth, chips to back top, wear to patina on front A mask made out of hard wood, showing a large forehead, a trangular nose, open eyes, and a toothy open mouth. This mask is identified as a Nyamwezi face mask. Nyamwezi masks are rarely found and only a few examples are known. Their uses and functions are not clearly known even though it was recorded that among the Nyamwezi masks such as this were used as dance masks at initiation ceremonies and funerals of society members. The Nyamwezi people are an ethnic group that inhabits the central region of Tanzania, particularly the Tabora and Singida regions. They are renowned for their intricate wood carvings, which are often used as decorative pieces or for functional purposes. They are known for their history as traders and their long-distance trading networks that spanned much of East and Central Africa.The Nyamwezi are also known for their cultural traditions, including their music, dance, and storytelling. They have a rich oral history that has been passed down from generation to generation, and their stories often incorporate elements of history, religion, and mythology.In terms of language, the Nyamwezi speak a Bantu language known as Nyamwezi, which is closely related to other Bantu languages spoken throughout East and Southern Africa. Today, the Nyamwezi continue to maintain their cultural traditions and their trading networks, although their way of life has been impacted by modernization and globalization. They face a number of challenges, including poverty, political instability, and environmental degradation, but they remain a proud and resilient people with a rich cultural heritage. **119155** All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2023 Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers! Please visit our About Us page. Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on eBay since 1997 and has received more than 56,000 positive feedbacks. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with eBay's Hall of Fame award, and by eBay Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $125,000 in charity auctions. Customer Service : We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them! If you have problems, please tell us... we care! Handling Time : We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours. Returns : We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within 30 days in the same condition you received it--just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card. Combining Shipping : You are welcome to wait to pay, and to combine multiple items for shipping. We ask that you keep each order to 10 days or 10 items, whichever comes first--then start another order. When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers or an invoice request and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card. U.S. Shipping : Our staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of labor and the special packing materials used is reflected in our shipping price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage. . International Shipping : We ship dozens of international orders each week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! The shipping charges included in our listings are for U.S. orders. Contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer uninsured USPS First Class airmail, insured Priority airmail, and insured Express airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume, and value of an item. We also ship via FedEx or DHL on request. Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. And please do not ask us to mark merchandise values below the actual value or mark items as "gifts"--U.S. and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Newsletter, previews and special offers : Sign up for our newsletter Go to Africa Direct Store author: None, Maker: Nyamwezi Artisan, style: None, Material: Wood, brand: Unbranded, type: Face mask, Color: Brown, Tribe: Nyamwezi, Original/Reproduction: Original

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