Bembe figurine


Traditional Bembe art

A wood figure of a seated male, head tilted back and the eyes inlaid with glass. A wide nose and mouth with wedge shaped beard running from the ears to the chin. The body has engraved detail to the chest to represent scarification marks. The hands rest on the crossed legs. Mounted on a custom made stand.

In Africa, The Babembe form a small group of  people that live on the plateaus situated to the north of the Zaire River. Bembe tribal art is profoundly religious; its purpose is to maintain contact with the dead.  The art is quite original, consisting mainly of minutely carved ancestral figures that can be identified by extensive scarification on the body. Such african body decoration no longer exists today but survives as a style characteristic of the sculpture.

This figurine was designed by Mr. Gaunt, an expert in tribal art and antiques at the Buxton Museum, United Kingdom.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1940
16,5 cm
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium
Very good

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