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Figure Bembe / Buyu Kalunga (N° 17727)

This sculpture embodies the spirit of water Kalunga, among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The female character is endowed with a head bearing the janiform heaume mask Alunga or even Echawakoba shared by the Bembé.Patine of satin use, abrasions and cracks.

Grating flows have mixed the same territories within the same territories of Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Bassikassingo, considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has helped to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami Lega. The traditions bembé and boyo are relatively similar They venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, Buyu , but also 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 Colmant
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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