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Zimba sculpted head (N° 19164)

Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
Like the Legas, the Zimbas have educational sculptures associated with initiation rites. They can also evoke sayings. This face with orbits hollowed out in the heart offers multiple perforations underlining the contours. Curries form the eyelids within a granular white patina. A wide mouth is chiselled with hatching representing teeth. Glossy patina.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega in the Pangi and Shabunda region of DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, they are patrilineal groups that have ended up supplanting the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around an institution analogous to the Bwami, named bukota, mpunzu, or nsubi. Rare ape statuettes were also used in similar Bwami rites. (Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck).  

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Originex-collection belge
Ethnyzimba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris
Height29
Width8
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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