Ex-Monegasque African art collection.
Rare figurine of ancestor bembe milindi whose head has a hole for magical charge. Lustrous dark brown patina.
The Bembe ethnic group is a branch of the Luba that left the Congo in the 18th century to settle near Tanzania and Burundi. Their society and artistic tendencies are marked by the influence of their neighboring ethnic groups in the region of Lake Tanganyika, the Lega, the Buyu, etc.. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had a Bwami association responsible for initiation and structuring the society but while the Bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe, such as the Elanda and Alunga societies.
Within the Bwami, art objects such as masks and statues had the role of helping aspirants to Kindi, the highest rank, to remember the moral rules they had to know and apply.
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