Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Bemba
Ex-collection of African American tribal art.
A columnar bust framed by undersized limbs, barely marked shoulders, and a realistic ovoid head make up this protective figure of the Zambian Bemba. Golden light brown patina, cracks of desication.
The Bemba, or Bambembas, of Maniema descent, claim Luba origin and have settled on the shores of Lake Moero, near Zambia, and Lake Tanganyka.
The Bemba participated in the slave trade in the nineteenth century 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 snake named lunga, and mythical ancestors.
Their very diversified art was influenced by that of the neighboring ...