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Mbole statue (N° 22565)

Sculpted according to traditional mbole conventions, this statue presents a resigned and suffering physiognomy and a recurring posture: bent legs, arms bent in an unnatural way, hands resting on the thighs.
Velvety two-tone patina.

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 sentence to hanging those guilty of violations 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 cm60
Width13 cm
Weight1.88 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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