Seated woman, attributed to Sikito. Light, fine - grained wood. Head dress and loincloth fine polished. Musee Royal de L'Afrique Centrale. Height: 24 cm.
Mbundu (Mbunda, Ovimbundu)
The Mbundu is a Bantu-speaking
ethnic group living in southern Angola, comprising some 20
indigenous chiefdoms. Today mixed farmers they used to be long - distance traders over
much of Central Africa. They should not be confused with the Kimbundu.
The centre of the art of the Mbundu people lies on the high plateau
of Benguela in the Western Angola where they live. The most important
groups of Mbundu are: the Bailundu, the
Bihe, the Wanbu, the Ngalangi, the Kakonda,
the Chiaka and the Ndulu all of which has several
smaller vassal chiefdoms.
Pipe carved with the figure of a young woman holding a calabash vase. Light wood, fine polish on braided hairdo and loincloth. Metal mouthpiece is missing from the top of the head. Collection V. Bandeira, Cascais, Portugal. Height: 29 cm.
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