Zimba female figure, DRC ex Zaire Despite... - Lot 30 - Arthema Auction

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Zimba female figure, DRC ex Zaire Despite... - Lot 30 - Arthema Auction
Zimba female figure, DRC ex Zaire Despite the crenellated ridge running across her forehead, this figure, inspired by Luba and Lega traditions, has facial features reminiscent of Lega masks. In a bent position, leaning on large feet, with hands resting on knees, it features whitened globes framed by large circular ears, and a mouth revealing incised teeth. Black oiled patina. Desiccation cracks 51 x 15 cm The Zimba, also known as Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega in the Pangi and Shabunda regions of the DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share a number of institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or on the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting, which is of major importance. They are also patrilineal groups, which eventually supplanted the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around an institution similar to that of the Bwami, called bukota , mpunzu , or nsubi . Rare simian statuettes were also used in similar Bwami rites (Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck).
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