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Bangubangu jar (N° 22438)

A cap with a janiform sculpted motif, referring to the ancestors, is reminiscent here of Hemba statuary. The faces are framed with a diadem and a thin beard necklace. The walls decorated with figures in relief are linked to the worship of ancestors and the spirits of nature.
Glossy black patina. In eastern DRC Among the Bangubangu of Luba-Hemba origin, who were decimated by slavery, disease, armed conflict, and under the influence of Islam, statuary is rare. The land belongs to the different clans that make up their society. The main clan is the Bena Bago, under the aegis of a paramount chief named Mulohwe assisted by dignitaries. Each of the clans is headed by a "Sultani" chief. The secret society, Muyi has carved objects, including emblematic scepters belonging to the judges or the society of blacksmiths. Other carvings relate to ancestor worship Bafu and intermediate spirits mujimu.

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm33
Width12 cm
Weight0.58 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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