African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Rungu figure
Rungu/Bembaminine Luba/Zela ancestor figure (N° 21784)
Stocky morphology around a curved bust for this male figure whose face is free from scarified patterns. Glossy patina, long desiccation cracks.
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A tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in an area between the R.D.C. (Democratic Republic of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects intended for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently decorated with figures of couples or twins evoking the primordial ancestors. Their king, called mwéné tafuna , lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya , has dolls like those of the Tabwas.
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