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Tribal art - Antique Ivories, African ivory statuette:

Whether in Benin, Congo or sometimes in Ivory Coast, ivory is a material used to make all kinds of objects: fetish, mask, spoon...


Bembé ivory statuette
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Tribal art > Antique Ivories, African ivory statuette > Ivory Bembe

Established on the plateaus of the People's Republic of Congo ex. Brazzaville, and not to be confused with the Bembé group of northern Lake Tanganinyika, the small Babembé group, Beembé, was influenced by the Téke rites and culture, but especially by that of the Kongo.Installed in the present-day Republic of Congo, the Beembe originally formed the kingdom of Kongo, along with the Vili, Yombé, Bwendé and B. They were under the tutelage of the king ntotela elected by the governors. The ivory, copper and slave trade were the main resources of this little-known group until colonization. The village manager, nga-bula, was in charge of interceding with the ancestors. Hunting being a major activity, ancestors were invoked through statuettes. These idealized representations of ancestors, kitebi ...


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