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26. Figure - BEMBE - Democratic Republic of Congo

Figure - BEMBE - Democratic Republic of Congo

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End XIXTh , early XXth - Female Figure hands missing - Provenance Paolo Morigi

Bembe Figure (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Female Figure hands missing. End XIXTh , early XXth. Provenance Paolo Morigi.

Wood, white paint.

Height: 18 cm. with a stand.

Much Bembe wood sculpture was made to enable people to maintain contact with their ancestors. This figures has the entire torso-abdomen area covered with carefully rendered raised scarification patterns. Early photographs indicate that many of the peoples in the greater Congo watershed had extraordinarily complex raised cicatrix patterns over much of the upper body.
"When these religious sculptures have been sanctified they can be used in healing or to designate a ndoki (witch). They are believed to contain the spirit of an ancestor…
The sculpture is kept by the owner who can employ its assistance when he makes communication with an ancestor, such as his father" (Bertil Söderberg in Suzanne Greub, ed. Expressions of Belief. http://amzn.to/2e7QHPK . 1988). This figure has the anal orifice in which sanctifying magical materials would be placed. Both hands are missing.

Provenance:
Paolo Morigi, a Swiss citizen of Italian origin, nurtured a passion for African art for more than forty years.

Free delivery, free description. From David Norden's collection, Antwerp, Belgium

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Feedback score: 98.5%
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    great headrest, very quick shipping, always again thanks !!!

    Wodimi March 14, 2017

  • Fantastic pieces, great communication and fast delivery. Great guy, Thank you

    ExquisiteAfricanArt March 6, 2017

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    L'achat n'a pu être finalisé mais le vendeur m'a appelé et j'ai accepté ses explications franches et le remboursement.

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    Transaction parfaite

    PRIMDAN February 10, 2017

  • Reclamar a Catawiki a la menor incidencia. La figura llegó mal embalada y rota!. He tenido que devolverla al vendedor y este "señor" no ha querido reembolsarme los gastos. Mal profesional.

    kiti14 January 30, 2017

    Response by seller
    Accidents can happen during transport. the feets of a terracota figure broke during transport.Client has been paid back.

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