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Bemba Tabwa figure


A small little Bemba figure hunting charm.
Size: +/- 20 cm
Provenance: – Cadier en Keer, Missiehuis museum, Netherland.
– Private dutch collection.

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This is a quite rare small Bemba hunting charm. It is in wood, and has a nice honey patina, the lower part is covered with a cloth, and around the neck powered by a beaded necklace.
The Bemba tribe is located in the Maniema area Maniema, and closely related to the Tabwa . They claim to be of Luba origin and settled on the shores of Lake Moero, near Zambia, and Lake Tanganyka.
During the 19th century, the Bemba participated in the slave trade by allying themselves with the slave king Msiri.
The Colonial police dismantled them and forced them to move in the early 20th century. Their leader now reigns in Kasama in Zambia. They believe in a supreme god, Lesa, and worship nature spirits, Ngulu, a snake named Lunga, and their mythical ancestors. Their very diverse but quite rare art was influenced by that of neighboring tribes, Luba, Lunda, Tabwa, Nyamwezi.
These small little figures are protective during the hunt.
Size: +/- 20 cm
Provenance: – Cadier en Keer, Missiehuis museum, Netherland. -Private dutch collection.
Bibl.: For more details about this tribe see “FELIX M. L : « 100 people of Zaïre and their sculpture, the handbook ». 1987.

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