BABEMBE SCULPTURE

BABEMBE SCULPTURE

Richly illustrated, this monograph is the first devoted to the work of the Babembe people, who live on the banks of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their anthropomorphic statues, carved from wood, are characterized by incisions representing tattoos, scarifications, or skin decorations that the Babembe use during initiation ceremonies. These striking works, many of which have never been published before, are adorned with fabric, tools made of horn or stone jewels, and eyes made from faience or shell. The works represent ancestral spirits who link the sculpture’s commissioner with super­natural forces of the Babembe’s animist religion. Here, scholars analyze the aesthetic quality, style, and meaning of each fascinating sculpture.
Editora: 5 CONTINENTS / ABRAMS
ISBN: 8874395442
ISBN13: 9788874395446
Edição: 1ª Edição - 2010
Número de Páginas: 212
Acabamento: HARDCOVER
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