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Lumbu figure (N° 23268)

Kneeling female figure, with medicine charges in the cavities sealed with glass. The mediumistic gaze illustrated by black pupils behind shards of glass links this type of statuary to the nkisi of Kongo productions. Chipped satin patina.
The Punu are a Bantu people of Central Africa established mainly in southern Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families. Social cohesion is ensured by the Moukouji society, whose essential role is to subjugate the evil spirits of the forest. Within this same group named Shira, the Lumbu, Loumbu, Balumbu, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects.
Lit. : "Punu", L. Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay, ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyLumbu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height cm30
Width10 cm
Weight0.80 Kg

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