Tabwa Maternity Figure
0 Review(s)
0
5

Tabwa Maternity Figure

Your Price: $299.00
Back Order.
Part Number:4130
Decrease
Increase

 



ETHNICITY:
Tabwa People
ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of Congo
MEDIUM:
Wood, beads.
DIMENSIONS:
12.5" Tall (31.6 cm)
CONDITION:
Exceptional

PROVENANCE:
Private Estate Collection - Florida, USA.

CATALOGUE NOTE:
Tabwa figures were carved as prestige objects and were placed on dedicated shrines. This maternity figure would have been to help with conceiving or a healthy childbirth.

The Tabwa historically lived under Luba domination in small villages scattered within a territory that expanded across Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Lake Tanganyika. And interesting side note, the verb 'tabwa' means 'to be tied up' and refers to the period when these people were taken as slaves. During the 19th century, the ivory trade brought wealth to the region and the Tabwa were able to gain independence.