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Ancestor Figure – Wood – Tabwa – Congo


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Stylistic Tabwa figure from DR Congo. Tabwa ancestor figures were carved as prestige objects and their role was to assert the chief`s authority – a Hemba tradition. They measure between 20 and 70 cm in height and are carved in the shape of elongated figures and stand on a circular base, with slightly bent legs and have an elongated neck supporting a rounded head with linear scarification’s. The wooden ancestor figure is in good condition with a wonderful patina of age.

Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht (NL).

Object: Ancestor Figure
Ethnic group/ culture: Tabwa
Region/ country: Congo
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 47×12×12 cm
Weight: 2000 g


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