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Protective figure Tumbwe callipyge (N° 21123)

Tribes in the southeastern region of the DRC around Lake Tanganyika, such as the Tumbwe and the Tabwa, worshiped the mipasi ancestors through sculptures held by chiefs or witch doctors. A magical charge ( dawa )was inserted at the top of the statues' heads. Our female figure does indeed have a charge inserted at the top of the head. The diviners-healers ngango used this type of statuette-fetish to reveal witchcraft and protect against malevolent spirits.
Satin golden brown patina, cracks and abrasions.

Simple cultivators without centralized power, the Tabwa federated around tribal chiefs after coming under the influence of the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also masks. The Tabwa practiced ancestor worship and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around the ngulu , nature spirits present in plants and rocks.
Source: "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. Museum of Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyTumbwe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height27
Depth10
Width9
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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