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Tabwa Monkey (N° 25003)

Differentiating itself thanks to the care given to the anatomy of the subject and the finely chiselled details, this statue represents a monkey carrying a ritual mboko cup. Smooth orange-brown patina.
The Tabwa ("scarify" and "write") constitute an ethnic group present in the South-East of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. Simple farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe, worship to mipasi ancestors through carvings held by chiefs or sorcerers. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu, spirits of nature present in plants and rocks. Soothsayers-healers used this type of object to reveal witchcraft and protect against malevolent spirits. .
 

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyTabwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm46
Width13 cm
Weight1.25 Kg

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