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Shi container (N° 22458)

Sculpted pot whose thin walls are equipped with small handles for a carrying strap. Engraved patterns are faintly visible under the parallel striations of the collar. Velvety surface, brown patina with old xylophage imprints.

Settled on the shores and islands of Lake Kivu, the Bashi , Omushi , or even Banyabungu , form a Bantu group from the west, which came to mingle with the Lega, which the pastoral populations of Rwanda then joined. They live mainly from agriculture and cattle breeding. Cults of different origins are the basis of their religion. They venerate the souls of the dead: family ancestors, heroes, leaders. Although the groups in this region produce little sculpture, the Shi carved masks and a few objects associated with Lega rites. They are, however, renowned for their beautifully crafted and very diverse utility containers.
According to M.L. Félix: "100 People of Zaire and their sculpture".  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm21
Width15 cm
Weight0.44 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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