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Zimba Nkisi figure in terra cotta (N° 21563)

Like the Legas, the Zimbas have educational sculptures associated with initiation rites, but they also have anthropomorphic sculptures, in this case in terracotta, with openings for magical charges at the top of the head.
Erosions, heterogeneous patina with residual ochre incrustations.
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 analogous Bwami rites.
(Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck ; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Felix ).  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Ethnyzimba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)terracotta
Height24
Width7
Weight0.45 Kg
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