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Statuette Tabwa (N° 14837)

This figure of matrilineage ancestor is established legs spread on a pedestal, the length of the bust constrassing with the proportions of the lower limbs. The character has a long headdress worn in the neck. It also has a horn or yam associated with fertility, and is distinguished by the abundance and diversity of its facial and body scarifications. This type of sculpture was associated with the rites of protection and healing. Grey brown patina, residual white clay deposits.
Stylistic kinship is noteworthy with the Luba.
The Tabwa ("scarifier" and ", write") are an ethnic group in southeastern DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks. The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu, nature spirits present in plants and rocks.
Source: "Treasuries of Africa" ed. Tervuren Museum.  

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Originex-collection suisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm29
Width12 cm
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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