Bembe People Dibu, Mid 20th Century,Carved from a single piece of soft wood, this Dibu or bell was made by carver in the Congo. This is one of a kind,dramatic and beautiful vintage African Art piece.
This legendary Madibu, Dibu or Ndibu bell is classified as a musical instrument but has a multiple ritual use.
This wooden bell with its double clappers attracts the attention of the spirits of the ancestors, and in the hands of the Nganga sorcerer it serves to identify the ndoki sorcerer, the soul eater. They were also attached to the necks of a breed of Kongo dog and goats.
Wonderful addition to any collection, we could imagine displaying them in your library or gallery.
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DIMENSIONS: 8" L x 4" W x 3" D
MATERIALS: Hand Carved Wood *note all marks and wear are inherent qualities of an authentic vintage item and are not damages.
ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mid 20th Century, exact age unknown
FACTS & HISTORY: The Bembe people (or Babembe in the plural) are an ethnic group based in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and western Katavi Region of Tanzania. They live mainly in the territory of Fizi in South Kivu. The Bembe are also in the province of Tanganyika in the city of Kalemie. In 1991, the Bembe population of the DRC was estimated to number 252,000 and around 1.5 million in 2005. The Bembe people are a subgroup of The Mongo people.