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Kongo Sceptre (N° 22931)

Kongo-type emblem of royal power in the form of an effigy of a chief in a seated position, extended by a handle incised with fine checkered motifs. Satin black patina.
The Kongos (also known as Bakongos, which is the plural of N'Kongo in Kikongo, live on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Africa from Pointe-Noire, (Republic of Congo) to Luanda (Angola ) in the South and as far as the province of Bandundu (Democratic Republic of Congo). Superbly crafted, the Kongo command scepters constituted, among the jewelry, weapons, recades and statuary, the regalia essential to their status and the power of their reign. The ornaments, pictograms and effigies carved on the sticks evoked proverbs, illustrated the qualities of a chief, told, from section to section, the history of the tribe and insisted on the qualities required to reign. he royal entourage also benefited from the same coded iconography.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm32
Width5 cm
Weight0.32 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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