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Vintage Tutsi Chief Screen from Rwanda

$999.00

This screen, called “Insika”, was made of cane and reed fibers, dyed with natural black dye. It dates from the early to mid-20th century. It was made and used by the Tutsi people in Rwanda. The Tutsi, in both Rwanda and Burundi, use basketry of this type, in a large variety of forms - including receptacles and architectural elements - as their principal form of artistic expression. Screens are used among the wealthier Tutsi, especially the chiefs, as wall decorations and room dividers, depending on their size.

This screen measures: 79" x 16" x .5"