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Mbete statue (N° 22802)

Statues of ancestors in the African art of the Mbede, Mbete, or Ambete.

The worship of the ancestors, among the Mbete, is accompanied by these statues of which a dorsal cavity frequently plays the role of a reliquary. The head with narrow half-closed eyelids represented by cowries, a triangular nose, a toothed mouth. The hairstyle features braids gathered in shells and crests. The arms are attached to the bust, bent at a right angle. The muscular legs announce a ritual dance. Interesting kaolin patina and red ocher highlights. On the back, the cavity incorporates a sculpted miniature of similar morphology, surrounded by talismanic objects.
Desication erosions and cracks.


The Mbete form a tribe of Gabon, on the border of Middle Congo, neighboring the Obamba, 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, textile
Height cm65
Width16 cm
Weight2.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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