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Statuette Bembe/Bassikassingo (N° 18698)

Ex-collection German African art.
The influence of migratory movements in African art. Geometrical structure for an unusual morphology. Triangular volumes are intertwined to represent a head and a bust, the arms being absent. This succession of angles is supported by half-bent legs. The face is bordered by a narrow crenellation representing the beard, specificity of the Bassikassingo statuary embodying ancestors. Glossy patina.
Migratory flows have mixed within the same territories Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Bassikassingo, considered by some as a sub-clan of the Buyu, are not of Bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has made it possible to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami from the Lega. The bembé and boyo traditions are relatively similar. They venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also the heroic ancestors, whose will is sought to be known through divinatory rites. Hunting is also an opportunity to make sacrifices of gratitude to the entities whose favor and protection have been sought. Their masks are rare and their function little documented.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyBassikassingo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris
Height33
Width10
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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