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Bembe Kalunga fetish tabouret (N° 18631)

Preserved in the hut of the karunga society, or Alunga, this circular seat with a handle is carved with large orbits evoking the spirit of the Kalunga forest. They also appear on circumcision masks. The society not only exercised social control within the Bembe clan, but also organized public dances and pre-hunting ceremonies. Many abrasions of use. Desication cracks, erosions.
The Bembe is a Luba branch line that is believed to have left Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbours in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had an association bwami responsible for initiation and structuring for society but while the bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among the Bembe.

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight6.00 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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