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Buyu Statue (N° 24927)

A remarkably stylized effigy of a royal "mizimu" ancestor, this African sculpture was placed alongside a female statuette in a small burial hut. Light brown matte patina, desication cracks.
Migratory flows have mixed within the same territories Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Basikasingo, considered by some to be a Buyu sub-clan, are however not of Bembe origin, Biebuyck's work having made it possible to trace their history. Organized into lineages, they borrowed the association of Bwami from the Lega. The Bembe and Boyo tribal traditions are relatively similar: they venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also the heroic ancestors, whose will we seek to know by means of divinatory rites. The hunt is also an opportunity to perform sacrifices of gratitude towards the entities whose favor and protection have been requested.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyBoyo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm51
Width17 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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