Statue(s) - Cloth, Wood - FANG NTUMU / BWITI - Gabon

Description
Statue(s) - Cloth, Wood - FANG NTUMU / BWITI - Gabon
Mid 20th century - Good

This piece, with features similar to that of the neighbouring Fang statuary, is used in the Mombé ancestors’ cult, integrated in the Bwiti rituals. It is stored in the Ebanza sanctuary and is often placed on the summit of a bunch, mainly composed of vegetable fibres hiding the relics and other objects. The arms of this figurine are placed under the young carved breasts, the rounded face concentrates a great expressive force, enhanced by the pupils made in hammered metal.

The Bwiti is one of the most widespread rituals in Gabon. Originally from Tsogho, the Bwiti initiations take place in the forest, whereas public ceremonies occur in the Ebanza, the house where men regularly discuss village affairs. The Bwitists may gather at the end of initiations for diverse reasons, end of mourning, investigations regarding the cause of death or diverse cares.

Provenance: former private collection, Brussels.

Published piece. Information will be transmitted.

Lot details
Object
Statue(s)
Ethnic group/ culture
FANG NTUMU / BWITI
Region/ country
Gabon
Material
Cloth, Wood
Period
Mid 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
26×0×0 cm
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