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Zimba mask
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Mask whose rather flat center bears circular patterns referring to the body patterns of the Zimba. The long nose bridge meets at the top a ridged outline also associated with tribal markings. Characterized by great softness, this sober mask is lined with a raffia adornment. This type of mask was used in rites of an association equivalent to the Bwami of the Lega.
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 the savannah, the symbolism of their art and the rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, there are patrilineal groups which have ended up ...


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Zimba Sculpture
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Zimba Sculpture

Like the Legas, the Zimbas have sculptures with an educational purpose associated with initiation rites. They can also evoke sayings. The face, with its gaping, ochre-colored orbits, has multiple perforations on the forehead and thick grooved lips.
Lustrous patina, kaolin residue.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region of the 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. They are also patrilineal groups that have eventually supplanted the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of ...


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Zimba mask
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Spherical and whitened with kaolin, this kifwebe mask would be linked to the initiation rites of the Bwami. Crusty patina.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region of the 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. They are also patrilineal groups that have eventually supplanted the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around a Bwami-like institution called bukota, mpunzu, or nsubi. Rare simian statuettes were also used in analogous Bwami rites.
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Zimba Nkisi figure in terra cotta
African art > Terracotta, jar, amphora, funerary urn > Zimba figure

Like the Legas, the Zimbas have educational sculptures associated with initiation rites, but they also have anthropomorphic sculptures, in this case in terracotta, with openings for magical charges at the top of the head.
Erosions, heterogeneous patina with residual ochre incrustations.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region of the 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. They are also patrilineal groups that have eventually supplanted the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the ...


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Zimba head
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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 ...


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Zimba sculpted head
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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 small mask
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A shallow mask with a heart-shaped carved center bearing circular pupils and mouth, and a nasal bridge extending to the top.
Dark oiled patina.

Height on base: 31 cm.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region of the 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. They are also patrilineal groups that have eventually supplanted the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around a Bwami-like institution called bukota, mpunzu, or nsubi. Rare simian ...


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Zimba Statue
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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