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Bembé ivory statuette (N° 17852)

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 or bimbi consecrated by the sorcerer, bore attributes of hunters or healers. Some of them, as in the Bakongo, were magical objects minkisi with nails and which were equipped with holes in which medicines, bilongo, or relics of ancestors, were introduced.  

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OriginEx. collection belge Mercier
EthnyBembe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)ivoire
Height16
Width5
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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