Ancestor Figure - Wood - Tabwa - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Ancestor Figure – Wood – Tabwa – DR Congo


Mid 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

Object:Ancestor Figure
Ethnic group/ culture:Tabwa
Region/ country:DR Congo
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:66×19×15 cm
Weight:4800 g

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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. Heavy peace: 4800 gram. Overall good condition with traces of trbial use. A part of the right arm seemed to be restored.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.