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Tabwa Statue (N° 26913)

A spherical head, chiseled with prominent features, dominates narrow quadrangular shoulders. Framing a columnar bust, the arms stretch out to embrace the navel which springs above the lower abdomen marked with horizontal streaks. Corpulent legs extended from hoof feet carry the subject. Patina nuanced with black and reddish browns. Minor chips and abrasions.
The Tabwa ("scarify" and "write") constitute an ethnic group present in the South-East of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe, worship their Mipasi ancestors thanks to sculptures held by the elders. Simple farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa united around tribal chiefs after having been influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic movement was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues to it.  

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OriginEx. coll. française FLB
EthnyTabwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm56
Width16 cm
Weight1.67 Kg
Socle includedYes

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