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Female figure Bwende, Bwemde (N° 20859)

Embodying an ancestor, this highly detailed statue, standing solidly on massive feet, bears diamond and ribbon scarification on the abdomen. The deported hairstyle is a specificity of the Bwende. The effigy has bells that are supposed to ward off evil spirits. Mahogany lustre patina. Cracks. 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. Among the Kongo, the nganga performed rituals by activating a spiritual force with a nkondi (pl. nkissi). The term nkisi was later used to designate the notions of "sacred" or "divine".  

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OriginEx-collection néerlandaise
EthnyBwendé
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height45
Width13
Weight2.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxxème

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