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Statue ritual lumbu, Loumbo
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African art > African Statues > Statue Lumbu

Within the group named Shira , the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, or Mbumba, of Bantu origin and native to the Congo Kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the Middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects. This sculpture featuring a female figure leaning or lying on a basket-drawn stretcher, evoking a deceased woman, was also exhibited during ceremonies of the Bwiti, a cult of ancestors also shared by the neighbouring Tsogho. Magical ingredients (bilongu) were encased in the hole on his abdomen, usually hidden behind a mirror fragment as in the neighbouring Kongo. The matte, dry patina has erosions, a damaged headdress and legs. The character's arms are articulated.


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Reliquary figure Lumbu, Loumbo, Mbumba
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African art > African Statues > Statue Lumbu

Within the group called Shira , the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and from the Congo Kingdom, have settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the Middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects. This cephalomorphic sculpture featuring a kaolin-bleached face, evoking a deceased woman, was also brandished at Bwiti ceremonies, a cult also shared by neighbouring Tsogho. The cheekbones are high, the eyelids are incised, and the chin is pointed. Behind a headband, the hair is separated on either side of a stripe in thick braids joining in the neck. Among the many hair constructions of these Clans of Gabon, the hairstyle Kodia represents the spiral shell of a snail. This ...

Gabon s Lumbu Mask
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African art > African mask > Okuyi Mask

This African mask is one of the stylistic variants of Gabon's white masks, itengi , (pl. bitengi) with a subtle-shaped face. In early art, this tribal mask from Gabon was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spreading into several levels of initiation, to which all the Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the Caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the dance of the Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread. Within this group, the Lumbu, Loumbu, Balumbu, located on the coastal part of Gabon and in the ...


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