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Tabwa figure (N° 23256)

Sculpture of b>African tribal art depicting an ancestor with the facial and body scarifications of the Batabwa clans.
Satin patina of use, cracks and abrasions.
The Tabwa ("scarify" and "write") constitute an ethnic group present in the South-East of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe, worship the mipasi ancestors through sculptures held by chiefs or sorcerers. A magical charge (dawa) was frequently placed on top of the statues' heads. Soothsayers-healers used this type of object to reveal witchcraft and protect against malevolent spirits. Simple farmers without centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu, spirits of nature present in plants and rocks.
 

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyTabwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Height cm20
Width5 cm
Weight0.10 Kg

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