恩庫姆Niteki祖先雕像 - 本貝 - 剛果民主共和國 DRC

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恩庫姆Niteki祖先雕像 - 本貝 - 剛果民主共和國 DRC
20世紀中葉 - 懷舊-已使用,連同可看見的穿戴痕跡

Height: 42 cm
Provenance: brought back from Kinshasa in 1961. Transmitted by descent, Belgian collection.

The Bembe, a subgroup of the biggest ethnic group of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kongo, use two types of key figurines: ancestral figures used to represent and honour deceased community chiefs and another group of power figures, used by soothsayers to heal their woes.

The Bembe consider that small anthropomorphic figures in wood are a representation of themselves, both regarding the shape and soul. Anyone wealthy enough, usually chiefs and prosperous hunters, could commission to an artist a portrait representing him in the way he wishes to be remembered today and after his death.
Figurines highlight the continuity between ancestors and living parents, and demonstrate the important role they believe ancestors play, to ensure fertility and protection of the family and community.

All of the carved Bembe figurines are name Nkumba; figures which were not “loaded” yet with special powers or the spirit of their owners. At the death of a figure’s owner, pieces of the individual’s corpse are mixed with medicine and “magical” substances (bilongo).
This mixture is then inserted into a little hole, carved next to the figure’s rectum. By inserting the mixture and by sealing the hole with a wooden plug and/or a wrapping sheet, the nkumba figure houses the spirit of the ancestor and transforms it into a nkiteki ancestor figure (also named kiteki, sibiti, bimbi or mukuya, according to some sources; plural: biteki).

Biteki figures are stored with other ancestral figures in the family shelter, named nzo bakulu. The nzo bakulu is guarded by an elder man of the family, to whom these figures belong.


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拍賣品細節
物品
恩庫姆Niteki祖先雕像
地區/國家
剛果民主共和國 DRC
材質
本貝
時期
20世紀中葉
狀況
懷舊-已使用,連同可看見的穿戴痕跡
連支架出售
尺寸
42×0×0 cm
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