Mipasi ancestor figure - Tabwa - D. R. Congo

€275.00

The Tabwa (also called Batabwa) live in the south of the Congo, south-west of Lake Tanganyika. Tabwa figurative sculpture recognises two essentially different types: 1: Small ‘dolls’ with heads and round cylindrical bodies, but without arms or legs. 2: Whole figures stood on round plinths — detailed, naturalistic, with arms and legs. Placed in their own special shrines, these latter are ancestral or protective figures — as is the present, relatively small, female figurine. Made of very hard, light-coloured wood, originally dyed dark brown, the figure has well-delineated hairstyle (possibly a cap), carved out in relief with the typical, triangular Tabwa motif — the ‘Balamwezi’ motif, as it is known. The face features accentuated eyebrows, slit eyes, a small, wide nose and a pouting open mouth above a pointed chin. Recognisable on the cheeks again, as scarification, is the triangular 'Balamwezi' motif. Wide lines and small rectangles cover the tribe-typical scarification marks that run along the chest, abdomen and the figure’s two arms. A characteristic Tabwa figure with old and nice shiny usage patinaOrigin : private collection P. Vandenbergh, BelgiumDating : 1960'sSize : 26 x 6 cmMaterial : wood

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Presumed dating
Circa 1960
Size
Ethnic group
Tabwa / Batabwa
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium

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