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Buyu Statue (N° 18658)

The decorative motifs are carefully chiseled here, highlighting the salient volumes whose rhythm follows in a balanced way. Large eye sockets lined with eyebrows engraved in ears extend to the center of the face. The nose, carefully worked, dominates lips rolled up on a regular teeth. The rectangle-cut shoulders and extended arms separated from the bust, and the strong flexed legs, evoke energy and bravery. Effigy of a royal ancestor all manhood, this sculpture was arranged, accompanied by a female statuette, sheltered in a small funeral hut. Dense wood, some splinters and desication cracks. Patine mate.
On the accounts, the Boyos are of Luba ancestry, by an ancestor who emigrated with his brothers. Migratory flows have mixed within the same territories of the Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo , Binji and Bangubangu. The Basikasingo , considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe, the work of Biebuyck having traced their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami the Lega. The bembé and boyo tribal traditions are relatively similar: they venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also the 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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Originex-collection artafricain belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm50
Width17 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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