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Itombwa Oracle (N° 24036)

Within the figurative sculpture of the Kuba, the prestigious objects held by members of the Kuba royal family and peripheral groups, Bushoong and Dengese, are always decorated with engraved patterns, parallel lines , criss-cross, and checkered. The same geometric patterns also adorn the diviner's accessories such as this divination instrument accompanied by its pusher. These tools, used to solve various problems, take up animal motifs associated with ngesh (spirits of nature) but also human motifs referring to ancestors and masks. Satin nuanced brown patina.
The Kuba kingdom or "lightning people" was founded in the 16th century by the main tribe Bushoong which is still ruled today by a king, and whose capital was Nshyeeng or Mushenge. The Lele are established in the west of the Kuba kingdom, at the confluence of the Kasai and Bashilele rivers. The intercultural exchanges between the Bushoong of the Kuba territory and the Lele have made the attribution of certain objects difficult, because the two groups use the same iconography, composed of faces with elaborate hairstyles and geometric decorative motifs.  


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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm5
Width35 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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