Democratic Republic of CongoMEDIUM:
12.5" Tall (31.6 cm)CONDITION:
Private Estate Collection - Florida, USA.
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.