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African art - Béembé:

The Beembe ethnic group is close to Kongo in western DRC.


Biteki Bembe, Béembé figure
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African art > African Statues > Bembe figure

Ex-collection French tribal art.
Beembé are appreciated in African art for the care and finishing of ancestor sculptures for fertility and healing rituals.
Figure male, legs spread half-flexed, with wide feet, which would be represented in the dance position. Intricate lyeloid tattoos are drawn in relief from the chest to the pubis. These scarifications bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which an individual has been subjected. Sometimes set with ivory or earthenware, almond eyes are encrusted with light wood. Polished surface with a mahogany and brown patina. Lack on one of the feet. Black wooden base extra on request. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group north of Lake ...

Beembé ancestor figure, Bembé
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African art > African Statues > Bembé Figure

Statuette of male ancestor Bembé,Béembé, which has, engraved on the bust, body marks associated with scarifications, witnesses of the social and initiation evolution of the individual, specific to Kongo cultures. The look is set with bone. The character adopts the pose of dignitaries during interviews. Glossy patina.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of Babembé (pl.) was influenced by the Teké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. Indeed the Beembé, or Babembé, together with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo, were once part of the tribes of the Kongo kingdom.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , chief of the village, interceded with the ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position ...

Statuette Beembe, Bembe, en ivoire
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African art > African Statues > Bembé Fetish

Rare ivory sculpture depicting a male ancestor Bembé,Béembé, this figurine has, engraved on the bust, body marks associated with scarifications, witnesses of the social and initiation evolution of the individual, specific to cultures Kongo. Almond eyes were originally to be encrusted with mother-of-pearl, bone or earthenware. The attitude, seated in a suit, is the attitude adopted by dignitaries during interviews. The character holds a fly-hunt, badge of authority. The attention to detail and symmetry characterizes this refined work. Golden surface by oil anointings mixed with red ochre pigments.Ex. Mercier collection. A piece that predates the ivory regulations.
Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of Babembé (pl.) was ...

Beembé Ritual Spoon
African art > Usual african items > Beembe Spoon

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This statuette with a stretched bust, camped on muscular lower limbs and broad feet, forms the handle of our spoon. The face of a beautiful oval is wearing the characteristic cap. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, almond eyes are hollowed out. There is a crack on the edge of the spoon. Very nice oiled patina honey color. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small group of The Babembé was influenced by the Rites and Culture Téké, but especially by that of the Kongo.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , village chief, intercede with ancestors through statuettes kneeling in the position of a hunter. The idealized representations of male ancestors, kitebi or bimbi consecrated by ...


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Beembé Ritual Fetish, Babembé
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African art > African Statues > Babembé Fetish

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The nails inserted on the abdomen of this African statue, among a cluster of ossicles, cords, plant fibres, animal hairs, clumped together by crusty clay coatings, were supposed to arouse, according to Babembé animist beliefs, the favor and the protection of spirits. The eyes of this character are encrusted with horn, characteristic of the statuary of the Babembé. Dark brown satin skate. Settled in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beemba, Babembé, originally formed the Kongo kingdom, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo. They were under the tutelage of King ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory trade, copper and slaves were their main resources. The village leader, nga-bula, was responsible for interceding with the ancestors. ...

Statue of ancestor Beembé Kitebi
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African art > African Statues > Statue Béembé

Intricate lyeloid tattoos, distinctive of African tribal art beembé as well as the headdress and beard, are reliefed on the elongated bust this figure camped on large digitized feet. These scarifications bear witness to the successive stages of initiation to which an individual has been subjected. Sometimes set with ivory, earthenware or horn, almond eyes are encrusted with horn. Desication cracks. Mahogany brown patina with icy highlights. Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, the small Babembé group was influenced by the Teké rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo. The Beembé originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and Woyo.Before a hunt, for it to be fruitful, the nga-bula , chief of the village, ...





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