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Statuette Bembé (N° 17837)

This female figure with a child on her shoulders is related to the rites of passage or induction. The keloid tattoos bear witness to the successive stages of the initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, the almond eyes are bleached here. Extra black wood base.
Oneblis on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory, copper and slave trade were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization. The village manager, nga-bula, was in charge of interceding with the ancestors. Hunting being a major activity, ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by the sorcerer, bore attributes of hunters or healers. Some of them, as in the Bakongo, were magical objects minkisi with nails and which were equipped with holes in which medicines, bilongo, or relics of ancestors, were introduced.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyBembe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height18
Width5
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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