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Rungu Cutting Carrier (N° 19951)
Statuette representing a woman sitting cross-legged, with a large round head topped with a triple crest. Very large double-rimmed eyes and fine features form the particularity of this sculpture. With her digitized hands extending graceful arms, she holds a cup in front of the bust. Gray patina, desiccation cracks.
Tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in a region between the D.R.C. (Democratic Republic of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently decorated with figures of couples or twins. Their king, called mwéné tafuna , lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya , has dolls like those of the Tabwa.
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|Origin||Ex. collection Mercier|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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