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Mbole Statue (N° 24084)

Sculpted according to traditional mbole customs, but whose volumes are arranged in a subtle interplay of solids and voids, this mbole statue offers a masked face, extended by a long headdress. Semi-matte two-tone patina, slight desication cracks.

The Mbole are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, used to judge and condemn to hanging those guilty of breaches of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of the condemned enjoyed no funeral and were buried in the forest. It was during the ceremonies at the end of the initiation, presided over by a notable isoya, that these statues were exhibited, presented lying on a litter.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyMbole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm46
Width14 cm
Weight1.20 Kg

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