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Bemba fetish statuette (N° 19519)
Belgian African tribal art collection.
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Small figurine finely detailed and glossy by the manipulations, it would embody a twin bampundu kept by the surviving child, or one of the spouses of the mythical couple who were stored on an altar.
The scarifications of the face here are punctiform, in discreet horizontal hatching on the bust. Shaded patina in the browns.
The Bemba, Bambembas, from Maniema, claim to be of Luba origin and settled on the shores of Lake Moero, near Zambia, and Lake Tanganyka.
The Bemba participated in the 19th century in the slave trade by allying themselves with the slave king Msiri. Colonial policy dispersed them in the twentieth century. Their leader now reigns in Kasama, Zambia.
They believe in a supreme god, Lesa, worship nature spirits, Ngulu, a snake named lunga, and mythical ancestors.
Their very diversified art was influenced by that of the neighboring tribes, Luba, Lunda, Tabwa, Nyamwezi.
Their statues generally present scarifications running from mouth to ear. The zoomorphic African masks of the Bemba, Babemba, Wemba, or Mubemba, (not to be confused with the Bembe of eastern D.R.C.) are preserved by hunting societies and exhibited during festivities and agrarian rites.
Litt. 100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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