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Mbole Ofika figure (N° 17772)

Lualaba province had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-the-introduction ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were displayed, presented lying on a litter box. The sculptor endowed his character with a resigned and ailing face thanks to the half-closed eyelids, and an ajar mouth. The position is characteristic: the legs bent, arms bent uns naturally, hands resting on the thighs. Semi-satin brown patina, kaolin highlights and burgundy pigments.  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight2.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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