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Bembe Biteki figure (N° 21846)

Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex.Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembe group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small group Babembé, Béembé, was influenced by the Téké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongos. Settled in the current Republic of Congo, the Béembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of King ntotela elected by the governors. The trade in ivory, copper and slaves were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization. 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. Some of them, as among the Bakongo, were magic objects minkisi with nails and which had holes in which medicines, bilongo, or relics of ancestors, were introduced .
Satin dark brown patina, desication cracks.
Ref.: "Bambé Statuary" R.Lehuard and A.Lecomte, ed.5Continents.  

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OriginCollection belge
CountryCongo Brazzaville
Height cm41
Width10 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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