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Tabouret Basikassingo (N° 17338)
In homage to their heroic ancestors, the hunter clans, present before the arrival of the Bembé in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo 18th century, have carved statues named misi . The latter, endowed with a triangular face and protruding eyes, form the caryatid subject of this stool. Matte wood, many desication cracks mainly on the seat that has been restored locally (aluminum tongue). Lack on the base.
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Fral flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo , Binji and Bangubangu within the same territories. The Basikasingo, considered by some to be a Buyu sub-clan, are not of bembe origin, however, as Biebuyck's work has helped to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of Bwami from the Lega. The bembé and boyo traditions are relatively similar They worship the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also heroic ancestors, whose will is sought through divinatory rites. Hunting is also an opportunity to make sacrifices of gratitude to entities that have been begged for favour and protection. Their masks are rare and their function little documented.
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