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Statuette Mbole Okifa of Lilwa (N° 17695)

The suffering face of this sculpted figure refers to the sentence of the condemned Lilwa. The particularity of this piece also lies in the openings of the hips intended to hold the statuette on the stretcher of the condemned with the help of links. The position is characteristic: the legs bent, arms bent uns naturally, hands resting on the thighs. Interesting grainy black patina, punctuated with residue of abrased kaolin. Discreet native resin resturations.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-the-introduction ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were displayed, presented lying on a litter box.  

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OriginEx-collection Adkins USA 1954 - Osborne USA 1999
EthnyMbole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm22
Width5 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°

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