Philip Keith

Ritual Bell

Kongo,

Democratic Republic of Congo

22 x 12 x 8cm

DESCRIPTION

Dibu (rattle bells) are worn worn by huntsmen’s dogs to alert their whereabouts in the forest. Like nganga ritual diviners, dogs are believed to be intermediaries between the spirit and earthly realms, i.e. hunting in the forest and living in the village.

CONDITION

Handle with signs of rope wear, some small chips, one clapper replaced

Provenance

DATE

early 20th C

Dimensions

22 x 12 x 8cm

PRICE

GBP £

2500

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