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Zimba sculpted head
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Head Zimba

Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
Like the Legas, the Zimbas have educational sculptures associated with initiation rites. They can also evoke sayings. This face with orbits hollowed out in the heart offers multiple perforations underlining the contours. Curries form the eyelids within a granular white patina. A wide mouth is chiselled with hatching representing teeth. Glossy patina.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega in the Pangi and Shabunda region of DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, they are patrilineal ...


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Zimba mask
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Harvested in the territory of Kasongo, this mask is streaked with wide bands of contrasting colors, accentuating the volumes of the face and emphasizing the relief of the features. Bicolor matte patina.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega in the Pangi and Shabunda region of DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, they are patrilineal groups that have ended up supplanting the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around an institution analogous to the Bwami, named ...


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Zimba Female figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Zimba Statue

This figure inspired by the Luba and Lega traditions has facial features reminiscent of Lega masks. In a bent position, resting on large feet with hands resting on her knees, she wears bleached globes framed by large circular ears and a mouth revealing incised teeth. Black oiled patina. Cracks of desiccation.


The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega in the Pangi and Shabunda region of DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, they are patrilineal groups that have ended up supplanting the matrilineal organization of their ...


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