Tribal art > African Dolls > Tabwa doll
The African tribal art of the Tabwa, prestige objects.
Used by the feminine initiation society, this figure with a cylindrical bust with breasts and an umbilicus in relief, has scarifications comparable to those, traditional, of the members of the tribe, and has a remarkable honey-colored patina. Carefully carved into an ovoid head, the delicately modeled juvenile features are also framed by chequered keloids. The hairstyle is meticulously figured, following the contours of the head.
Good condition despite a very slight crack.
The Tabwa ("to scarify" and "to write") are an ethnic group present in the southeast of the DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they federated around tribal chiefs after being influenced by the Luba. It is mainly during this period that ...