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Bembe Muzidi Cloth Reliquary Doll Congo Africa 21 Inch

Regular Price: $495.00

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Title Bembe Muzidi Cloth Reliquary Doll Congo Africa 21 Inch
Type of Object Ancestor figure
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Bembe
Materials wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 21.5 Inches
Width: 21 Inches
Depth: 13.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a nor…
Damage/Repair Dirt and small holes.

Additional Information:   Muzidi dolls were made to house the spirits of the ansestors.  Reliquary figures were composed of a cane wrapped in dried leaves and other fibers and covered with textiles. Occasionally, contained remains of the specific ancestor for which it was made.

The arts of the Bembe are rare. Examples of their masks and statues are striking and dramatic, so they are highly sought-after by serious collectors. The Bembe are an ancient, though poorly documented culture, who originally emerged from the northwestern portions of the Congo. As they migrated, they conquered other groups and seized their lands, absorbing many artistic traditions along the way. Even today they still have skirmishes over land and hunting areas. Though they have some very distinctive forms, like the abstract, minimalist designs of this stunning old mask, they have also incorporated many stylistic elements from the Lega, Tabwa, and other peoples found near Lake Tanganyika. Like the Lega, they embrace Bwami Society rituals and laws for advancement within society.