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Jarre Ritual Figurative Mangbetu (N° 16822)

Named 'generous' in African art, these ritual pottery are intended to collect palm wine. The foot consisting of three amphoras with similar heads support the main container depicting a fourth, larger subject. The decorative motifs refer to the traditional scaritications and tattoos of the ethnic group. Restoration on the cove.
asebli in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The body lines on the characters, like those of the face, include the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli .br - The Mangbetu Kingdom, in northern Congo, produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its symmetry and refinement, while at the same time testifying to the ritual killings and human sacrifices practiced by the people of elongated heads.  

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Origincollection Jauregui
EthnyMangbetu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)terracotta
Height68
Depth30
Width27
Weight8.80 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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