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Zela Statuette (N° 25179)

Small statuette for individual use, whose head is pierced with a hole at the top for ritual purposes. A touching asymmetry of the ears is to be noted. Mottled patina of use.
Formerly subject to the Luba, then to the Lundas, the Zela have adopted a large part of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are today organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of nature. In addition to their powerful Mbudye society, the Zela also have a women's initiation association called kisungu. ( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents; "Treasures of Africa" ed. of the Museum of Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ).  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyZela
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm18
Width5 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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