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Figure masculine Bembe (N° 19316)

This figure with angular contours offers a vertical profile. It would be associated with funerary rites. Cracks and erosions, red ochre highlights.
The Bembe ethnic group is a branch of the Luba that left the Congo in the 18th century to settle near Tanzania and Burundi. Their society and artistic tendencies are marked by the influence of neighboring ethnic groups in the Lake Tanganyika region: the Lega, the Buyu, etc.. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had a Bwami association responsible for initiation and structuring the society but while the Bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe, such as the Elanda and Alunga societies. Within the Bwami, art objects such as masks and statues had the role of helping aspirants to the highest rank to remember the moral rules they had to know and apply. According to Marc Léo Félix, the Bembe also worship the spirits of nature, the rivers and mountains, the maseko, and Lake Tanganyka, the Mkangualukulu and Litt. Initiated, Congo Basin" ed. of the Dapper Museum.  

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Originex-collection Colmant
EthnyBembe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height64
Width18
Weight2.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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