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Kuba Statue (N° 23108)

Sculpted work of Ndop type illustrating African art Kuba. Of divine origin for his subjects, the king is represented seated cross-legged. Both head of the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, "nyim", supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the sustainability of his subjects, whether through harvests, rain or the birth of children. These magical attributes were not hereditary, however. The sculpture has been fitted with cavities for a ritual purpose.
Satin mahogany patina. Cracks.
During the last days of the king's life, the memorial statue was placed at his bedside so that it would capture its vital energy because the object would survive him. According to Cornet (1982), these statues were intended for the widows of the sovereign because after the funeral, the ndop was installed in the harem.
Once the successor to the throne had been designated, he isolated himself with the statue in order to draw on the accumulated energy and in turn share it with his subjects. This sculpture therefore refers to this tradition, the sovereign carrying on his knees a sculpted miniature "ndop" embodying his predecessor.


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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm37
Width12 cm
Weight1.70 Kg

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