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Mbete statue (N° 23413)

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

The worship of the ancestors, among the Mbete, is accompanied by statues embodying an ancestor, chief or dignitary, and of which a dorsal cavity contains the remains. The relics of the ancestors can also be collected in anthropomorphic boxes of which this type of sculpture served as a lid. The head offers a blind, grimacing face. Kaolin patina and red ocher highlights. Minimal desication erosions and cracks.

The Mbete form a tribe of Gabon, on the border of the 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 the "onkani" ancestor worship still in use.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm45
Width18 cm
Weight1.90 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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