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Bangubangu scepter summit (N° 17948)
This scepter summit is made up of different sections between which a double janiform figure is associated with the ancestors. The lines recall the art Of Hemba, Kusu and Buyu. The faces are framed by a tiara and a thin beard collar forming raised bars. Brown patina, satin, rubbed with kaolin.
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In the east of the R.D.C. Among the Bangubangu of Luba-Hemba origin, who were decimated by slavery, disease, armed conflict, and under the influence of Islam, statuary is rare. The land belongs to the different clans of their society. The main clan is the Bena Bago , under the aegis of an oversized chief named Mulohwe assisted by dignitaries. Each of the clans is led by a chief Sultani. The secret society, Muyi has carved objects, including emblematic sceptres belonging to judges or the society of blacksmiths. Other sculptures are part of the cult of ancestors Bafu and intermediate spirits mujimu .
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