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Bwende Stick (N° 22891)
In addition to the famous niombo, anthropomorphic funerary "packages" of sometimes giant format, representing the deceased, the Bwende, inspired by the Kongos, produce prestigious traditional sculptures, such as this baton of command surmounted by a Ancestor statuette.
Brilliant nuanced brown patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The Bwendé sculptures were strongly inspired by those of the neighboring Beembé.
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