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Tabwa Statuette (N° 23931)
Female figure of b>African tribal art embodying an ancestor. The very detailed subject features the body scarifications of the Batabwa clans.
Black satin patina, minimal lacks.
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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|Origin||Ex. coll. belge Mercier|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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