African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Bembé

Female figure Bwendé, Bembé (N° 19742)

This female figure with horn-set eyes is linked to fertility rites. The body is treated in rounded, stocky volumes, carried by oversized feet firmly anchored. The keloidal tattoos testify to the successive stages of initiation to which the individual has been subjected. Maroon brown patina.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembe group from the north of Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembe group was influenced by the rites and culture of the Teke, but especially by that of the Kongo. Settled in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Béembé originally formed the Kongo kingdom, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory trade, copper and slaves were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization.The village leader, nga-bula, was responsible for interceding with the ancestors. Hunting was a major activity and the ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by the sorcerer, bore attributes of hunters or even healers. Some of them, as among the Bakongo, were magical objects minkisi comprising nails and which were equipped with orifices into which medicines, bilongo , or relics of ancestors, were introduced .
Litt. : "Statuaire Babembé" R. Lehuard et A. Lecomte.  

Watch the video

390.00 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 195.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





By purchasing this artwork you will get 5% = (19.5 loyalty points = 19.5 euros) which you can use towards your next purchase

Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyBéembé
CountryCongo Brazzaville
Material(s)wood, corne
Height42
Width13
Weight1.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

You could also be interested by these items
Statue BaouleStatuette MetokoFigure BaouléCouple LegaStatue Ambete

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts
One person already marked interrest on this item

You have question on this item ? contact us


Previously viewed items
African art - Female figure Bwendé, Bembé
African art  -  Brussels - Paris - London

© 2021 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73 Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100