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The fly swatter is an indispensable object for the tribal palaver, but it was also used as a royal scepter.


Buyu Scepter
African art > Fly swatter, staff of power, royal sceptre > Buyu Scepter

Within African art, a panel of objects, the regalia, made up of headdresses, seats, weapons, crowns, scepters, drinking cups and horns, belong to the chiefs. They magnify and reinforce their authority. A chef's privilege, this fly swatter is sculpted with the figure of an ancestor.

Migratory flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu within the same territories. The Basikasingo , considered by some as a Buyu sub-clan, are however not of Bembe origin, the work of Biebuyck having made it possible to trace their history. Organized into lineages, they borrowed the association of Bwami from the Lega. The Bembé and Boyo traditions are relatively similar. They revere the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also the heroic ...


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Rungu Fly Hunter
African art > Fly swatter, staff of power, royal sceptre > Rungu Fly Hunter

French collection of classical African art. A prestigious ceremonial attribute, this ancient fly swatter is sculpted with a head reproducing the group's masks. Glossy oiled patina, long drying crack.
A tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in a region between the D.R.C. (Democratic Rep. of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects intended for dignitaries: stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently decorated with figures of couples or twins evoking primordial ancestors. Their king, called mwéné tafuna, lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya, has dolls like those of the Tabwas.


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Rungu Stick
African art > Fly swatter, staff of power, royal sceptre > Rungu Stick

Fetish fly swatter whose handle has been hollowed out at the top. Fine lines, between discreet marks suggesting scarifications, form the face of the subject represented. The section extending the neck is coated with a resin on which necklaces of multicolored pearls fix the horsehair. Shiny patina, desication crack.
A tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in a region between the R.D.C. (Democratic Rep. of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects intended for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently adorned with figures of couples or twins. Their king, called mwéné tafuna, lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya, has dolls such as those of the Tabwas.


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240.00

Hemba Scepter
African art > Fly swatter, staff of power, royal sceptre > Hemba Scepter

In African art, a panel of objects, the regalia, made up of headdresses, seats, weapons, crowns, scepters, cups and drinking horns, belong to the chiefs. They magnify and reinforce their authority. An emblem of power and prestige, this fly swatter is sculpted with a singiti ancestor figurine.
Satin brown patina.
The Hemba, established in the south-east of Zaire, on the right bank of the Lualaba, have long been subject to the neighboring Luba empire which had a certain influence on their culture. The cult of ancestors, whose effigies have long been attributed to the Luba, is central in Hemba society. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, these are considered to have influence on justice, medicine, law and sacrifices. The singiti ...


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