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Statue Tabwa (N° 13861)

Ex-French tribal art collection.
Statues Tabwa, traditional sculptures of prestige in African art.
The Luba dominated the Tabwa in the Lake Tanganyika region between Zaire and Zambia. "Tabwa" or " being attached" presumably refers to the system of slavery practiced in the past by Islamic merchants.
The Tabwa then regained their independence thanks to the wealth provided by the ivory trade. Just as the influence of Luba is noticeable in the societies and rites of the Tabwa , tanzanian tribes have also marked the statuary tabwa with regard to geometric decorative motifs.

Linear checkerboard scarifications run through the face and bust of this leader who is supposed to protect, according to François Neyt, the village from the sorcerers. Its headdress is also hatched with small squares. The morphology is obviously inspired by the hemba statuary. These objects were placed in sacred huts for the ancestors
Light is missing at the base, cracks in desication, the patina of a medium brown becomes clearer to reveal a light veined wood. Crusty residues of coatings at the base.  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm60
Width20 cm
Weight2.30 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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