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Beembé Ritual Spoon (N° 13654)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This statuette with a stretched bust, camped on muscular lower limbs and broad feet, forms the handle of our spoon. The face of a beautiful oval is wearing the characteristic cap. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, almond eyes are hollowed out. There is a crack on the edge of the spoon. Very nice oiled patina honey color. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of The Babembé was influenced by the Rites and Culture Téké, but especially by that of the Kongo.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , village chief, intercede with ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position of a hunter. The idealized representations of male ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by the sorcerer and equipped with magical and therapeutic elements " bilongo" , bear the attributes of hunters or healers. Sculptures devoid of magic charge are named nkumba .  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyBéembé
CountryCongo Brazzaville
Material(s)wood
Height26
Width7
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated dating2e halfxxe
Socle includedYes

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