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The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the area along Lake Tanganyika, between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or "being attached" probably refers to the system of slavery practiced by Islamic merchants.


African Doll Mpundu - Tabwa
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African art > African Dolls > Statue Tabwa

Ex-collection French African art.
Mpundu dolls are recognizable by their cylindrical body topped with a head whose face is, according to the specimens, endowed, with little or many scarifications. Like the Ibedji in the Yoruba, The Mpundu dolls are linked to the twin cult.
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Tabwa fetish statuette
African art > African Statues > Statue Tabwa

The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the Lake Tanganyika region between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or " being attached" presumably refers to the system of slavery practiced in the past by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa then regained their independence thanks to the wealth provided by the ivory trade. Just as the influence of the Luba is noticeable in the societies and rites of the Tabwa, the Tanzanian tribes have also marked the tabwa statuary with regard to geometric decorative motifs.
This fetish devoid of scarifications has a crest continuing in a long braid sits up to the lower back. The character stands, supported by massive feet. The flat hands draw attention to the abdomen, evoking the importance of lineage, transmission, and seat of knowledge.
Herminette strokes left ...


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Tabwa tutelary effigy
African art > African Statues > Statue Tabwa

Ex-French tribal art collection.
Statues Tabwa, traditional sculptures of prestige in African art.
The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the Lake Tanganyika region between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or " being attached" presumably refers to the system of slavery practiced in the past by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa then regained their independence thanks to the wealth provided by the ivory trade. Just as the influence of Luba is noticeable in the societies and rites of the Tabwa , tanzanian tribes have also marked the statuary tabwa with regard to geometric decorative motifs.

Linear checkerboard scarifications run through the face and bust of this leader who is supposed to protect, according to François Neyt, the village from the sorcerers. Its headdress is also ...


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Ceremonial spoon Tabwa
African art > Spoon > Ceremonial spoon Tabwa

Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in African art. This one is distinguished by the quality and finesse of its sculpture. We find the typical headdress pulled back and long. The heart-shaped face is slightly reminiscent of that of some Fang.

The Tabwa are an ethnic group in southeastern DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks.
The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around ngulu, nature spirit present in plants and rocks.


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Musangwe Tabwa Mask
African art > African mask > Musangwe Tabwa Mask

Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

The Tabwa are an ethnic group in southeastern DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks.
The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around ngulu, nature spirits present in plants and rocks.

The helmet mask here in a slightly flattened spherical shape is equipped with geometric scarifications from the corner of the eyes and the cracks of the mouth and extending to the ears. Scarifications and body modifications were commonplace in ...


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