Boyo/Buyu Kalunga figure, DRC ex-Zaire This... - Lot 159 - Arthema Auction

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Boyo/Buyu Kalunga figure, DRC ex-Zaire This... - Lot 159 - Arthema Auction
Boyo/Buyu Kalunga figure, DRC ex-Zaire This janiform sculpture features pupils hollowed out, in projection, in large whitened cavities, and is supported by a base reminiscent of traditional African stools. This object is associated with the cult of the Kalunga water spirit, one of the many nature spirits venerated by the Buyu. The Bembe have similar statuettes. Satin patina, cracks from desiccation 27 x 10 cm Migratory flows have brought together Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo , Binji and Bangubangu peoples in the same territories. The Bassikassingo, considered by some to be a Buyu sub-clan, are not of Bembe origin, although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has enabled us to retrace their history. Organized into lineages, they have borrowed the Bwami association from the Lega. Bembé and Boyo traditions are relatively similar. They venerate the spirits of nature, water in the case of the Boyo , Buyu , but also heroic ancestors, whose will is sought through divinatory rites. Hunting is also an opportunity to make sacrifices in gratitude to the entities whose favor and protection one has begged. Their masks are rare and their function poorly documented.
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