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Drummer figure Mbala Pindi (N° 14465)

This type of object was a sacred symbol of authority (Pindi).  The musician's hairstyle shares great similarities with the headdress mukote who, among the Western Pende with whom the Mbala shared the circumcision rituals mukanda , became a symbol of the struggle against colonization in the early 20th century. century ("Congo Masks", ed. M.L. Félix, p.114)
This figure of musician, mbundi-ngoma , accompanied by a figure of motherhood , was part of the pair of emblematic sculptures pindi attributed to the leader Mbala at his induction. After a retreat of a few days, the royal insignia and charms were attributed to him, intended to fight the powers opposing hunting, social peace, and harvests. Desication crack. Indigenous restoration using copper. Locally powdered satin patina.
Venus of Angola in the 17th century, the Mbala settled in northwestern Zaire and to the east among the Pelende, Suku, Pende, and Yaka. Once matrilineal, they are made up of clans led by the maternal uncle. The chief was in charge of the cult of ancestors, but quite small.
Ref.: ", The African Art " ed. Mazenod;  "African Treasuries" (p.309) ed. Tervuren Museum; " Black African Tribal Art. JB Bacquart;  " Umbangu, Art of Congo at the Royal Museum of the Belgian Congo" ed. Cultura.  

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Originex-collection Heinzmat
EthnyMbala
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre, perles
Height45
Width31
Weight2.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe

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