Babembe Sculpture

Babembe Sculpture

by Raoul Lehuard, Daniel Klein, Alain Lecomte
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788874395446
Publisher:
5 Continents Editions
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & French
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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