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(N° 22354)

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.
Helmet mask depicting a face with expressive features, crowned with a circular headdress of a brown contrasting with the honey patina of the piece. The eyes are composed of cauris, giving the character a strange half-closed look. The nose has a flat volume, as crushed, over a mouth largely hollowed out. Linear scarifications start from the ears to the central points of the face. The rim has holes in order to keep the raphia collar now absent. There are gaps in the lower base.
 

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyTabwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris
Height cm35
Width29 cm
Weight2.88 Kg
Estimated datingmidxx°

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