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Tabwa comb (N° 22209)

The African tribal art of the Tabwa, prestigious objects.

Prestige comb with anthropomorphic motif, engraved with triangular scarifications balamwezi or apparition of the full moon » symbol associated with myths, carved on everyday objects and emblazoned on bodies.
Height on base: 35 cm.
The Tabwa ("scarify" and "write") constitute an ethnic group present in the south-east of the DRC. The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues named mkisi to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu, spirits of nature present in plants and rocks. The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the region along Lake Tanganyika, between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or "being tied down" presumably refers to the system of slavery once practiced by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa later regained their independence through the riches provided by the ivory trade. The Tabwa also worshiped Bampundu twins.
 

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Originex-collection française.
EthnyTabwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm30
Width9 cm
Weight0.49 Kg
Socle includedYes

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