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Ambete statue (N° 23029)

Statues of ancestors in the African art of Mbede, Mbete, or Ambete.
Ancestor worship among the Mbete is accompanied by sculpted figures frequently playing the role of reliquary. The dorsal cavity no longer has a flap. The flat face is encrusted with cowries forming a half-closed look, a short nose, a wide mouth lined with metal teeth. The hairstyle features braids gathered in shells. The bust, proportionally stretched, is framed by small arms placed at right angles. Foot missing.
Uneven patina, desication cracks.
The Mbete form a tribe of Gabon, on the border of the Middle Congo, close to the Obamba and the Pounou, whose history has been marked by a long-term conflict against the Teke. They do not have a centralized political organization, practice ancestor worship.  

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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
EthnyAmbete
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood, metal, cauris et perles
Height cm61
Width14 cm
Weight2.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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