Top – End Female Ancestral Figure – Tabwa – D.R.C.
In very sound state. It dates to the 1940 or prior to that.
Provenance: Ex – collection of Dr. R. Biemans, medical doctor. Bought from him in Brussels in 1979 by H. Westerdijk. Dr. Biemans collected material in Ruanda – Burundi and the eastern part of the D.R.C.
This iconic Tabwa female ancestral figure is a classic example of the style. Characteristic are the double rows of ladder – like tattoo patterns on face and body and the long wig – like hairdo hanging down from the back of the head. Two small antelope horns carved in wood are planted in the coiffure and are supposed to contain medicine. The slender figure with its oversized head, holds its hands on the hips. The long, elegant legs are almost straight, ending in flat feet firmly standing on the round base. The figure is carved in very dense, reddish black wood, resulting in a smooth, almost grainless patina. Probably once part of a pair, such figures were kept in a family shrine.
Literature: J. Debbaut (ed.): Utotombo, Gent, Brussels, 1988, figs 239 – 240.
Dimensions: 59 x 16 x 16 cm.
Region / People: The Tabwa live on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in southeast D.R.C.
Material: dense hard wood.
Weight: 2.382 kg.
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Sold with written declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized in the material cultures of people living south of the Sahara.
Sent by registered and insured mail.
- 59×16×16 cm
- 2.382 kg