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Bembe Statuette (N° 25143)

African statuette embodying the spirit of a female ancestor, whose keloid scars bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which the individual was subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, the almond-shaped eyes are encrusted with bone. Smooth reddish-brown patina.

Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo formerly Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembe group north of Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Béembé, been influenced by 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 Kongo, with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. The head of the village, nga-bula, was responsible for 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, sported the attributes of hunters or healers.  

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, os
Height cm18
Width6 cm
Weight0.22 Kg

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