Congo Africa, Hand Carved By The Tabwa Tribe, Figure Of a Male.
Congo Africa, Hand Carved By The Tabwa Tribe, Figure Of a Male with Long Braided Hair, Large Piece.
The role of ancestor figurines among the Tabwa and their neighbours, the Luba, was to ensure the authority of the chiefs. These sculptures are either masculine or feminine, these generally measure between 20 and 70 cm, are standing with their legs bent on circular bases, and present many scarifications, and sometimes even wear headdressed with additional feathers. The overall is of great stylistic variety. We learn that the position of the hands placed around the navel enhances the relationship between the owners of the sculptures and their predecessors. These objects will represent venerated ancestors, clan founders. Before colonisation, complex body scarifications constituted a mnemonic system, the skin was the support to convey important messages, revealing one's identity and powers.
Item Code - WOO2A234HAE
Width: 6 3/4" Height: 24" Depth: 8 1/4" Weight: 3.175 kg
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