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Commemorative figure Niombo Bwendé, Bwemde (N° 20775)

This mannequin constitutes a reduced figure of the famous niombo, a funerary anthropomorphic "package" representing the deceased, sometimes of giant size, which was buried at funerals during ancestor cults. The doll is made of a wickerwork frame swaddled with textile. It was kept in the house of the chiefs. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by the king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The sculptures of the Bwendé were strongly inspired by those of the neighboring Beembe.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyBwendé
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, textile
Height45
Depth32
Width27
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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