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Mbole Ofika statuette of the Lilwa (N° 20719)

The attitude of this carved figure refers to the sentence of the convict of the Lilwa. The position is characteristic: legs bent, arms folded in an unnatural way, hands placed on the thighs.
Interesting blackish patina, partially revealing a light gilded wood underlay. Abrasions and cracks.
Plexiglas base on request ( see "associated product" ) at 20 euros.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues incarnating, according to D. Biebuck, hanging people, named ofika. The lilwa, an association with dogmatic initiation rites had a custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa . Dishonored, the bodies of condemned persons were not given any burial and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-initiation ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya, that these statues were displayed, presented lying on a litter.  

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OriginEx-collection allemande
EthnyMbole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height44
Width12
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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