Vintage Tutsi Chief Screen from Rwanda
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: 76.25" x 21" x .5"