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Kongo Yombe Pfemba Flycatcher (N° 21489)

A maternity figure pfemba , carved in the round, forms the handle of this prestigious flycatcher. The woman seated cross-legged, named phemba or pfemba, a symbol of the mythical ancestor, is likely associated with fertility cults. The child on her lap would embody the matrilineal transmission of power. Different faces adorn the middle section of the handle, while decorative motis are printed around the lower part. Lustrous black patina. The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombe were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rituals by means of carved fetishes nkondo nkisi.
The Yombe are established on the West African coast in the southwestern Republic of the Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities whose use remains little known.  

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OriginEx. collection belge L. Van Liere
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, crin
Height cm38
Width3 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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