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Three Zafimaniry Graces Challenge Admiration

THREE ZAFIMANIRY GRACES CHALLENGE ADMIRATION

Many of the Malagasy women are decidedly comely, with well-moulded figures and a graceful carriage. Costume does not vary very greatly among the different tribes. These three Zafimaniry girls exhibit the native lamba — an oblong cloth wrapped round the body with one end generally thrown over the shoulder, and the scanty skirt of fibre woven from the leaf of the raphia palm. Each is further embellished with a necklace of which she is quietly proud, and the headdresses add a finishing touch

Earthen Vessels Growing Under Betsileo Potters Thumbs

EARTHEN VESSELS GROWING UNDER BETSILEO POTTERS THUMBS

Living on the central plateau of Madagascar, south of the Hova, the Betsileo are an important tribe with a strong negroid strain shown in their frizzy hair and dark skin. In the decoration of their houses and tombs and of their household utensils and weapons there is a suggestion of an indigenous art which never seems to have existed among the natives of Imerina