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Ancestor figure - TABWA - D. R. Congo

Lot reference 17937361
Ancestor figure - TABWA - D. R. Congo

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Location: Luxembourg
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2nd half 20th century - Nice condition

Height : 68 x 19 cm

This elegant and refined couple from the Lake Tanganyika region of southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo depicts the respected ancestors of a Tabwa ruler.
These Tabwa figures, like most other works of this genre, are nude except for strands of beads around their necks, wrists, ankles, and, on the female figure, the waist. Period sources tell us that Tabwa individuals generally wore very few articles of clothing, but that beaded belts were commonly worn by both men and women, and acted as markers of kinship. When an elder died, his or her belt was passed down to a younger relative, maintaining ancestral continuity and family identity. In the context of these sculptures, such belts were vital signs of lineage that reinforced links to previous generations of rulers.
One ear seems to be missing but was repaired by the owner in Africa.

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