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Doll - Fabric, Cane - Niombo or Muzidi - Bembe - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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Doll – Fabric, Cane – Niombo or Muzidi – Bembe – Congo DRC


Object Niombo / Muzidi Doll
Ethnic group: Bembe
Country: DR Congo
Material: Fabric, Cane
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 41x30x15 cm
Weight: 1000 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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Great Niombo Doll from the Bembe tribe of DR Congo. Cane structure , painted cotton fabric and straw inside.

The Niombo speaks to the dead : ” ‘I am a mediator, an intermediary. I move from one world to the other ”
(Farris Thompson in Dapper, 2002, p. 70).
A rare “miniature” of the dummy containing the bones of the deceased, this ancient effigy Niombo honored an individual deemed exceptional by the community, likely to become a great mediator between the two worlds.
A expressionist face meets the quality of pictorial decoration, each sign has its interpretation in thought
Kongo . See Reikat (1990, p. 48, No. 6) for a comparable Niombo. ( Christie’s Auctions sold 16.250,00 € ).