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Bemba Command Staff
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This gnarled stick, surmounted by a carved figure, was the emblem of a notable Bemba. The spherical head offers simply engraved features, the body a frontal posture, large digited hands resting on the abdomen. Golden yellow patina. The Bemba, or Bambembas, from Maniema, claim to be of Luba origin and settled on the banks of Lake Moero, near Zambia, and Lake Tanganyka. The Bemba participated in the slave trade during the 19th century by allying themselves with the slave king Msiri. Colonial policy dispersed them in the twentieth century. Their leader now rules at Kasama in Zambia. They believe in a supreme god, Lesa , worship nature spirits, Ngulu , a snake named lunga , and mythical ancestors. Their highly diverse art was influenced by that of neighboring tribes, Luba, Lunda, ...


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Bemba fetish statuette
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statuette Bemba

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Small figurine finely detailed and glossy by the manipulations, it would embody a twin bampundu kept by the surviving child, or one of the spouses of the mythical couple who were stored on an altar. The scarifications of the face here are punctiform, in discreet horizontal hatching on the bust. Shaded patina in the browns.
The Bemba, Bambembas, from Maniema, claim to be of Luba origin and settled on the shores of Lake Moero, near Zambia, and Lake Tanganyka. The Bemba participated in the 19th century in the slave trade by allying themselves with the slave king Msiri. Colonial policy dispersed them in the twentieth century. Their leader now reigns in Kasama, Zambia. They believe in a supreme god, Lesa, worship nature spirits, Ngulu, a ...


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