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Tumbwe Statuette (N° 25689)

Established on a circular base, this sculpted figure is distinguished by its posture, arms and legs freeing up space around the bust, accompanying the flexion of the legs. Glossy black-brown patina. Desiccation cracks.
The tribes of the south-eastern region of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika, such as the Tumbwe and the Tabwa, worship their mipasi ancestors thanks to sculptures held by chiefs or sorcerers. A magical charge (dawa) was often introduced at the top of the statues' heads, which is not the case here. The diviners-healers used this type of object to reveal witchcraft and protect against malicious spirits. According to some, the Lubas carved for the Tumbwe.
Source: “Treasures of Africa” ed. Tervuren Museum.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm25
Width10 cm
Weight0.30 Kg

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