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  • Bembe Angola Sculpture (CSTA 036)

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    The Bembe are a small group of people living in Uige Province in Angola. The ancestors had close ties with the living and received offerings through the “priest,” who made appeals to statuettes. These figurines were used as magic statues (nkisi) by the sorcerers. They were idealized images of their ancestors.  They would often wear attributes that allowed them to be identified as medicine men or hunters. The figure was used as a container for the spirit of an ancestor. They had the power to provide for the well being of its owner and his family. And also to punish him for failure to observe the rules of proper behavior established by the ancestors. Without added materials, the statue is only an object to be appreciated for its beauty, and it may be disposed of freely. This male figure is a symbol of power and prestige. These figures are usually upright with knees slightly bent. The following is a male figure with inlaid eyes, carved from wood with a dark and browny shiny brown patina and shows visible signs of age and usage. Material: Wood Condition: Very Good Age:approx 65-70yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Bembe fetish (CMI 015)

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    This sculpture originates from the Bembe people, a tribe from the northwest forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bembe carved numerous kinds of wooden figures that represent various spirits. These figures idealized images of  ancestors and were often used by medicine men for exorcisms and healing illnesses. This sculpture has a brown patina with clear visible signs of old age. Material: Wood Age:approx 55-70yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Bembe Mask (CMSK 055)

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    The Bembe are an ethnic group located in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bembe made many masks for various purposes like circumcision, initiation and ancestral ceremonies. This particular mask "eluba mask" is a circumcision mask used during initiation of boys to men, the bembe believed that a child could only attain its true anthropological status by being recreated. Without circumcision, a boy could not marry or participate in any social function. During the circumcision camps, boys had to go through many stages and these stages had to be observed. The circumciser "wondolomina" used this mask to hide his face during the circumcision operation. It has an alteration of red ocher (red pigment) and black patina, traces of kaolin meant to represent a very dangerous nature of whoever wore it. This is an old mask with signs of usage. Material: Light wood and traces of kaolin Age:approx 55-70yrs Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition: Good

  • Bembe Statue (CMI 050)

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    The Bembe are found in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo .Miniature wooden sculptures such as this  represent the spirits of Bembe family ancestors. The following  statue has a dark patina and looks visibly old. Material:Wood Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic of Congo Condition:good

  • Bembe Stool (CSTL 004)

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    The Bembe are an ethnic and linguistic group based in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and western Tanzania. These stools were personal to the owner. They were not transferred or traded, so intimately associated were they with the person for whom they were made. The size of the stool was often in relation to the importance of the owner. This stool is in good condition, though worn with age, and has evidence overall of old worm wear to the surfaces…. Material:Wood Age:Approximately 55-70 yrs Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo Condition:Good

  • Boa Mask (CMSK 048)

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    The Baboa people are an ethnic group living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is an iconic mask identified as a war mask "pongdudu" or "kpongadomba", these types of masks usually have concave facial planes, they have large open mouths with wooden teeth, hypertrophied pierced ears wedged into slits on the sides of the mask and round eyes. These masks were worn to intimidate enemies in battle. This mask is carved out of hardwood, has a brown patina and of old age. Material: Wood and traces of Kaolin Condition: Good Age:approx 55-70yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Bongo Funerary Stone (LSTA 102)

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    The Bongo are an ethnic group living in South Sudan, mostly in the Tonj District. They are mainly an agricultural community, they do some forestry on a small level. This ancient stone acted as a funerary post in the Bongo society and was used during burial ceremonies. This is a fine naturally weathered specimen with clear signs of old age. It was hand-carved from a very heavy and thick porous stone. Material:  rock Condition: Weathered with age Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Chokwe (Njunga) Chair (CSTA 065)

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    This is an ancient Chokwe chair known as "Njunga" that originates from the Chokwe people. The Chokwe are an ethnic group found in Angola, southwestern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and northwestern parts of Zambia. The Chokwe people influenced the art of many neighboring tribes, including the Lunda, Mbunda, Lovale, and Mbangani. They are regionally famous for their exceptional crafts work, particularly with baskets, pottery, mask carving, statues, stools and art objects produced to celebrate and validate the royal court. Originally, most seats in Africa are low stools, carved from a single block of wood.  At a later stage, Portuguese traders and explorers introduced chairs with backs to southern and eastern Africa. Chokwe artists soon began to produce similar chairs, adding sculptural scenes and Chokwe motifs. This wood chair was carved as an object of status for a chief.  The overall organization of the features on this chair creates a united visual narrative emphasizing the social harmony and continuity that is ultimately achieved through following the enlightened leadership of the chair's owner, namely, the chief. Material: Wood, animal hide Condition: Good Age:approx 55-70yrs Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Colonial Statue Mozambique (CSTA 078)

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    This is a Portuguese post colonial sculpture from Mozambique but we have gotten varying opinions about its ethnicty as well as origin with some indicating that it might be of Tabwa origin but we strongly believe that it is from Mozambique. It is important to note that  very little research was carried out on such sculptures but this  sculpture is nodoubt of considerable age and has a worn out khaki patina . Material:wood Age:55-70yrs Origin:possibly Mozambique Condition:excellent

  • Dinka Fingure Ring (CMI 090)

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    This is an old ivory fingure ring from the Dinka people, a Nilotic ethnic group living in South Sudan. They mostly live along river Nile, from Mangala to Renk, in regions of Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Abyei Area of the Ngok Dinka in South Sudan. They are famous for their rituals in marriage, and cultural demonstrations in various ceremonies. Such rings were worn by the Dinka elites, Dinka men wore ivory rings with short knobs usually decorated with the circle and dot motif. Use often flattened the band on one side. They were considered ivory arm ornaments, and are mostly worn on the left hand, as the right hand is used for eating.   The Dinka finger rings are used to indicate status and are worn by men only. This ring has a wonderful aged patina and typical decorative markings, it also shows signs of usage, wear, and natural abrasion. Material: Ivory Age: 55-75yrs Origin: Sudan Condition: Good

  • Dinka Funeral Post (LSTA 110)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. This sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Funerary Post (LSTA 106)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Funerary Post (LSTA 108)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Funerary Post (LSTA 111)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Funerary Post (LSTA 112)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Funerary Post (LSTA 115)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan

  • Dinka Funerary Post (LSTA 123)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage. Material: Wood Age:approx 50-60yrs Origin: Sudan Condition:Good

  • Dinka Funerary Stone (CSTA 064)

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    The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in the Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community. Such stone-made sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan. They were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells. This is a fine naturally weathered specimen with clear signs of old age. It was hand-carved from a very heavy and thick porous orange stone. Material: Porous-orange stone/rock Condition: Weathered with age Age:approx 55-75yrs Origin: Sudan

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