Chetezo: (2017) Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania. Artisan Unknown. fired clay, shown with udi(aloeswood), ubani (frankincense) and uvumba resin. 5 1/2 x 6 1/2

A ubiquitous, homely, everyday tool in the Zanzibar archipelago, the Chetezo is a simple, clay incense burner. It is used to perfume the home and the body for both cosmetic and religious purposes, to burn herbs and resins to be inhaled as part of vernacular medical treatments, to fumigate against mosquitos, and to make offerings of sacred smoke at mizimu (ancestral shrines) or to majini and mashetani – the complex array of spirits who play a substantial role in Zanzibari vernacular religion and belief.

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