Pare female terracotta figure, Tanzania
clay, fabric, libations
ex private US collection
6–3/8”/16.3cm tall


The figure is tightly wrapped in layers of
fabric with just the face left free. The,
eyes and mouth are marked by drilled
holes. Figures from the Pare could
portray ancestors or spirits, and they
are also used by diviners, healers and
sorcerers for special rituals while others
served as containers for sacred

I personally think this is a spectacular
little figure with a great presence that is
hard to capture in a photo. I love the
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The last photo is a photo of the bottom of the base. The figure, at one time, was in an auction in NH and I believe these are
the labels the auction house left on it. The price might have been from the auction or the original gallery it came from, I
don't know. I have priced the figure a little more aggressively compared to what the sticker on it states.