Figurine(s) - Bone, Wood - Power figure - Bembe - Congo DRC

Figurine(s) - Bone, Wood - Power figure - Bembe - Congo DRC
Mid 20th century

This item is from a private collection.

Available for auction there is a male power figure, from the Bembe people of Congo DRC.

The function of Bembe art is said to be primarily concerned with contacting ancestors and seeking their assistance, which relates in general terms with other accounts testifying to use of figures to endow hunters and warriors with good fortune before combat or hunting expeditions.

Bone segments in the eye orbits. It seems that the Bembe depicted ancestors in this way to show them respect by much oiling and handling their idealized representations so as to make sure that their spirits would support the living.

Literature Raoul Lehuard, Art Bakongo, Vol. II, Surcelles ,1989, p. 333, for a much similar figure, but with other attributes.

This item will be carefully packed with track and trace.

Lot details
Indigenous object name
Power figure
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Congo DRC
Bone, Wood
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
35×10×9 cm
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