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Mbala Statue
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mbala Statue

Stocky, carried by ample feet, this sculpted figure offers a large head similar to a helmet mask. Among neighboring Kongo clans, the naked, squatting posture, sondama, evokes emergency action, attacking enemies in a supernatural way. The Hungaan, mixed with the Mbala, also carve similar figures. The headdress bears great similarities to the mukote headdress which among the Western Pende with which the Mbalashared mukanda circumcision rituals , became a symbol of the struggle against colonization in the early 20th century
Iconic pindi carvings were attributed to chief Mbala during his enthronement. Following a retreat of a few days, the royal insignia and charms were attributed to him, intended to fight the powers opposing hunting, social peace, and harvesting.
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Mbala figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mbala figure

Sacred Badge of Authority (Pindi), the sculpted figure of the drummer. The musician's headdress is reminiscent of the mukote headdress which, among the Western Pende with whom the Mbala shared mukanda circumcision rituals, became a symbol of the struggle against colonization at the beginning of the 20th century ("Congo Masks", ed. M.L. Félix, p.114)

This figure of a musician, mbundi-ngoma, accompanied by a statue of maternity, was part of the pair of iconic sculptures pindi attributed to the chief Mbala during his enthronement. Following a retreat of a few days, the royal insignia and charms were attributed to him, intended to fight the powers opposing hunting, social peace, and harvests. Light wood, matte. Desication cracks, lack on the back of the headdress.


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Mbala Insignia
African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Mbala Insignia

A prestigious emblem for chefs, this figurative adze is coated with a velvety black patina and is extended by an unusual blade, the end of which is divided into two loops. The face, carved in the heart, recalls the Kwese sculpture. A crocodile figure, whose tail runs between heads rising in high relief, hugs the handle.
Coming from Angola in the 17th century, the Mbala settled in northwestern Zaire and to the east among the Pelende, Suku, Pende, and Yaka. Formerly matrilineal, they are made up of clans headed by the maternal uncle. The chief was in charge of the worship of the ancestors, however quite limited. Following a retreat of a few days, the royal insignia and charms were attributed to him, intended to fight the powers opposing hunting, social peace, and harvesting.


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Kwese/Mbala Giteke figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mbala figure

Ex. Belgian African tribal art collection.
Among the many statues of the Mbalas, this type of statuette was part of the "pindi", sculptures integrating the chief's treasure. Small stocky character, hands joined under the chin, it has characteristics also kwésé, including the scarified features of the face. Grainy patina, cracks of desiccation. The Mbala came from Angola in the 17th century and settled in northwestern Zaire and in the east among the Pende, Suku, Pende, and Yaka. Formerly matrilineal, they were clans led by the maternal uncle. The chief was in charge of the ancestor cult, although it was quite limited. Following a retreat of a few days, royal insignia and charms were given to him, intended to combat powers opposing the hunt, social peace, and the harvest. ...


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Male figure Mbala
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Mbala

Carved from a rather light wood whose velvety patina adopts a grey hue, this masculine figure was part of a couple used by the nganga during therapeutic rituals. Long desication cracks.
as from Angola in the 17th century, the Mbala settled in northwestern Zaire and east among the Pelende, Suku, Pende, and Yaka. Once matrilineal, they are made up of clans led by the maternal uncle. The chief was in charge of the worship of ancestors, however quite limited.
Ref.: African Art Ed. Mazenod;  " Treasures of Africa (p.309) ed. Tervuren Museum; Tribal art from black Africa. JB Bacquart;  " Umbangu, Art of Congo at the Royal Belgian Museum of Congo Ed. Cultura.


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Drummer figure Mbala Pindi
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This type of object was a sacred symbol of authority (Pindi).  The musician's hairstyle shares great similarities with the headdress mukote who, among the Western Pende with whom the Mbala shared the circumcision rituals mukanda , became a symbol of the struggle against colonization in the early 20th century. century ("Congo Masks", ed. M.L. Félix, p.114)
This figure of musician, mbundi-ngoma , accompanied by a figure of motherhood , was part of the pair of emblematic sculptures pindi attributed to the leader Mbala at his induction. After a retreat of a few days, the royal insignia and charms were attributed to him, intended to fight the powers opposing hunting, social peace, and harvests. Desication crack. Indigenous restoration using copper. Locally powdered satin patina.


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