Within the group named Shira , the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, or Mbumba, of Bantu origin and native to the Congo Kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the Middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects. This sculpture featuring a female figure leaning or lying on a basket-drawn stretcher, evoking a deceased woman, was also exhibited during ceremonies of the Bwiti, a cult of ancestors also shared by the neighbouring Tsogho. Magical ingredients (bilongu) were encased in the hole on his abdomen, usually hidden behind a mirror fragment as in the neighbouring Kongo. The matte, dry patina has erosions, a damaged headdress and legs. The character's arms are articulated.
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