African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Salampasu

Figure of reliquary Salampasu (N° 16911)

This female figure with rounded, semi-restuned lower limbs embodies an ancestor. On the abdomen and back of the head, cavities contained relics of ancestors or a magical charge. Resinous drips attest to ritual practices. One side of the head is damaged. Low polychromy residue. Satin patina.
Shunting and farming, warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south of the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east of Kete and Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple kasangu wooden masks and masks covered with copper mukinka, was associated with the society of mungongo warriors (pl. bangongo). The wearing of these masks depended on a large contribution of livestock, beverages, or other material goods on the part of the aspirant who was introduced to esoteric knowledge on the part of other initiates. (Africa , Prestel)  

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OriginCollection Jauregui
EthnySalampasu
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm50
Width15 cm
Weight1.80 Kg
Estimated datingn/a

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