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Tabwa figure (N° 23316)

The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the region along Lake Tanganyika, between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or "to be tied down" presumably refers to the system of slavery once practiced by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa later regained their independence through the wealth provided by the ivory. Linear scarifications run through the face and bust of this figure of a chief who is supposed to protect, according to François Neyt, the village against sorcerers. His headdress is also hatched with checkerboards. These objects were placed in sacred huts for the ancestors
Smooth golden mahogany patina. Minor abrasions, grainy residue. Crack on one of the arms.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyTabwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm27
Width6 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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