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Muzidi / Niombo doll figure – Bembe – DR Congo


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Bembe figure, Niombo or Muzidi
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Large figure, height: 56 cm

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 € ).

Object Muzidi / Niombo doll figure
Ethnic group: Bembe
Country: DR Congo
Material: Fabric, Straw, Plant fibre, Cane
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 50x38x20 cm
Weight: 1400 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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