Today, they number 200,000 and are led by chiefs-sorcerers who rule over village chiefs and family chiefs. Their power is counterbalanced by male societies created on Luba prototypes and by female associations influenced by East African models.Traditionally, Tabwa people made their living from hunting and blacksmithing; nowadays they cultivate millet, manioc. And corn, but they live primarily off fishing and hunting, for game is plentiful. The influence of Eastern Tanzanian neighbors on Tabwa art is seen in their use of linear geometric decorations, while their western neighbors, the Luba, influenced the incorporation of prestige objects into Tabwa life. The Tabwa worshipped ancestors, whose statues were the property of the lineage chiefs and sorcerers; these carried medications in their ears or in small cavities at the top of their heads. The Tabwa also worshipped the spirits of nature, who lived in trees and rocks. The installation of a supreme chief is of relatively recent vintage; formerly it was the function of the large ancestor figures to consolidate the power of the chiefs. Other statuettes were used for divination. The Tabwa also made twin figures that could be both dangerous and bearers of good luck. In the north of Tabwa country, the diviner was also a sculptor; consulted after a dream, he would create a new statue. Special attention was paid to scarifications, which embellish the body and recall social values. On the whole surface of the body, a recurrent motif consists of twinned isosceles triangles, the two bases of which symbolize the duality of life.
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80 USD I reduce to 55 USD. I also look the combine weight and reduce further where possible. The item "African Tribal Art, tabwa slave statue from Democratic Republic of Congo" is in sale since Friday, October 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks".
The seller is "eastafricaart" and is located in Umujyi wa Kigali. This item can be shipped worldwide.