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Zimba Sculpture (N° 21603)
Like the Legas, the Zimbas have sculptures with an educational purpose associated with initiation rites. They can also evoke sayings. The face, with its gaping, ochre-colored orbits, has multiple perforations on the forehead and thick grooved lips.
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Lustrous patina, kaolin residue.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region of the DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. They are also patrilineal groups that have eventually supplanted the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around a Bwami-like institution called bukota, mpunzu, or nsubi. Rare simian statuettes were also used in similar Bwami rites.
(Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck).
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