A Vintage Tabwa Female Ancestor sculpture, African Tribal Art

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Seller: tribal_gatherings (3.635) 100%, Location: Brigantine, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 352614381790 A carved wooden female ancestor sculpture with incised tribal scars and long stylized coiffure down her back. Adorned with old glass beads. A finely carved "Mipasi" or wooden effigy of a female ancestor.The Tabwa depend spiritually upon mipasi (ancestral spirits) for guidance and wisdom. Using the metaphor of light for the ability to perceive and to understand, Tabwa speak of being guided by the "light" of their ancestors: "When one experiences especially good fortune or is confronted by but escapes from some danger, it is said that 'the mipasi have brightened or brought light to that person's eyes'" (Roberts 1985: 2, 12, 41). Enlightened vision is conveyed in this figure by the wide open oval eyes and the upward gaze to the heavens. The eyes accented with tribal tattoos connotes the ability to see through obfuscations and to know more than ordinary mortals. Note the highly face with finely incised and raised linear designs, as well as the overall well handled surface. A uncommon vintage find from the Tabwa peoples, DRC / CONGO, Africa.Measures 12.25 inches tallCONDITIONFair/ good My name is Todd Zieseniss and I have been selling African, Asian and Pre-columbian Tribal Arts for nearly 25 years. I opened my first gallery "Tribal Gatherings" in 1994 and I have sold well over 20,000 works of Ethnographic arts in this time. I was one of the original sellers of Tribal Art on Ebay when it first started under the Ebay name "brightpath" and then I opened a second selling sight "Tribal gatherings" a few years later, which I still maintain. I have worked in authentication and appraisals for Rago auctions and other major auction houses in the Philadelphia region. I have contacts worldwide for Ethnographic arts and I am happy to help you build your collection. I have a large inventory of Art objects, you will only ever see a small portion on ebay. I sell decorative objects to Museum grade treasures and all at affordable prices. I would like to offer my expertise, and a selection of good objects picked with a trained eye. Please bookmark my ebay auctions page, I promise to keep it interesting. Condition: Well handled patina with obvious handling and wear. Overall Good condition., Tribe: Tabwa, Maker: Tabwa artisan, Material: wood, Original/Reproduction: Original, Color: Brown

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