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Zimba head (N° 17085)
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Like the Legas, the Zimbas have sculptures for educational purposes associated with initiation rites. They can also conjure up sayings. This face with sockets encrusted with cowry shells is also capped with seashells indicating a crested hairstyle. Satin-grained surface.
The Zimba , also called Binja , are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region in the DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and the Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and the rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, they are patrilineal groups which have ended up supplanting the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around an institution similar to that of the Bwami, called bukota , mpunzu , or nsubi < / i>. Rare ape-like statuettes were also used in analogous Bwami rites.
(Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck).
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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