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Figurine Biteki Bembe (N° 21281)

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,Béembé, was influenced by Teke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Settled in the present Republic of Congo, the Béembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, 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 with nails and which were equipped with orifices into which medicines, bilongo , or relics of ancestors, were introduced.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyBembe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height20
Width9
Weight0.20 Kg

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