Ex Belgian African art collection.
Rectangular neckrest, dense and massive, adopting cephalomorphic handles. Patina of use, veined wood, glossy.
The Tabwa ("to scarify" and "to write") constitute an ethnic group present in the southeast of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. Tribes in this region, such as the Tumbwe , worship ancestors mipasi through carvings held by chiefs or sorcerers.
Simple cultivators with no centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu , nature spirits present in plants and rocks.
Source: "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. Museum of Tervuren.
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