5011 - 5224 FINE ARTS - JAPANESE PRINTS AND ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, ORIENTAL AND TRIBAL ARTS
= This figure represents the hero Chibinda Ilunga, royal ancestor of the Chokwe people. He introduced into that tribe the concept of divine kingship and also taught the Lunda the art of hunting. The figure of Chibinda Ilunga came to represent the archetypal chief who maintains the well-being of his people, and he also served as a role model for men in Chokwe society.
Standing female figure with two small children, Luba, Congo. Carved wooden sculpture, ±26x13x10 cm., first half 20th cent.
- Wood splitting.
- Small dam. spot between the two faces.
= The Kpelie mask was used at initiation rites in the societies for boys, adolescents, and adults, at funeral rituals designed to lead the spirit into the land of the dead, and at harvest festivals to thank the ancestors for a good crop.
- Wood sl. splitting.
- One ear broken off.
= Mambila figures embody ancestors who, according to their beliefs, are responsible for the clan's wealth.
- Sl. dam.