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A finely carved "Mipasi" wooden effigy of a Male ancestor holding a staff.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 Very rare find from the Tabwa peoples, DRC / CONGO, Africa.Measures 11.5 inches tall


fair, well handled

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Fine Old Tabwa Male MIPASI Ancestor sculpture

Estimate $250 - $350Jul 22, 2018