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Beembé loom (N° 19159)

The decorative figure sculpted in the round, adorning this loom stirrup, is that of a clan ancestor. The eyes are sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn. Blond wood.
Satin patina, cracks of desiccation.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo, formerly Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group from the north of Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé , Béembé , group was influenced by the Téké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. Settled in the current Republic of Congo, the Béembé originally formed the kingdom of the Kongo, with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The trade in ivory, copper and slaves constituted the main resources of this group, which was very little known until colonization, and the head of the village, nga-bula, was in charge of interceding with the ancestors. Hunting being a major activity, the ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by the sorcerer, bore the attributes of hunters or healers.  

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EthnyBéembé
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, corne
Height16
Width11
Weight0.10 Kg

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