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The neck support is a nomadic way to rest in the shade of baobabs. It is also used by women who want to maintain their hairstyles developed during their sleep. Often with a beautiful patina due to their use. From north to south from west to east, we find the neck support throughout Africa.


Chokwe Ngulu Headrest
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African tribal sculpture, an element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous chokwe headdresses, it stands out thanks to its zoomorphic motif. Neighbouring Songo also produced a wide variety of animal-patterned stools and neck supports. Pig is found in the Tschokwe in the form of masks ngulu . Delicately satiny mahogany brown patina, discreet restoration on the seat.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda, weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to ...


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Luba neck support
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. In this case it is a crouching female figure, the embodiment of the royalty and spirit of the ancestors. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Crack on one arm. Satin-red brown patina. Powdery residues.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The female effigy adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refers to Luba royalty. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The character embodying a spirit, endowed with a cascading hairstyle of the Shankadi tyle, is spotted in a crouching position, but on the hips. Velvety brown patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Yaka Musaw neck support
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This type of neck-bearing called musaw or m-baambu, kept in the bedrooms, is one of the African tribal art objects incorporating the personal ritual charms of the matrilineal leaders and heads of the family in order to preserve their magnificent tribal headdresses. This bird would refer to the stork. Some of these sculptures had magical charges inserted into discrete cavities. Dark brown glossy patina. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of fearsome warriors, Yaka society was governed by lineage leaders with the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity for the Yaka today to invoke ancestors and to resort to rituals using charms related to the institution .Khosi. The initiation society of young people is the n-khanda , which is ...


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Chokwe neck support
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African tribal sculpture, an element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous chokwe headdresses, it stands out thanks to its clean shapes of a beautiful symmetry and its contours that many small tapestry nails emphasize with refinement. Each end of the seat is sheathed with copper slats. Polished patina and shiny mahogany brown. Slight desication cracks.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda, weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the ...


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Luba neck support
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the luba royalty, to its feminine and masculine part. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters leaning on their hands, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted pressing with their feet the knee of the one facing them. This attitude has symbolic value. Smooth patina dark brown mahogany. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name ...


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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The Shankadi belong to the Luba group, and have the same associations and structures. Their mostly realistic statuary is characterized by spectacular hairstyles, a smooth surface, lower limbs of lesser size. The hairstyle "en cascade" illustrates one of the different braided compositions fashionable in Zaire in the 1800s, highlighting the social status of the wearer. The female effigy symbolizes Luba royalty, the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Hot brown oiled patina, ochre residue.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Appuie-nuque Luba Shankadi
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The feminine effigy symbolizing Luba royalty, carefully carved, is endowed with a cascading shankadi-style hairstyle. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Reddish-brown satin patina. Erosions.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Dinka tripod back
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Resting on three oblique feet this zoomorphic-looking African neck support symbolically evoking cattle has a gently curved oblong seat. Oiled brown patina. This prestigious object was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, also indicated its social status, but was also used as a stool. Some, with handles, accompanied individuals during their movements.
Dealy was collected about these nomadic inhabitants of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes have been virtually exterminated by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade. Organized around livestock farming, these ethnic groups considered the possession of cows and herds, and therefore of milk and meat, as a mark of social prestige. "The Tribal Art of Black ...


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Songye neck support
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Used as a pillow to preserve the user's hair arrangements, the African neck rest forms a tribal object adorned with different iconographies embodying spiritual forces that are supposed to influence dreams. A caryatid figure, in a crouching position, supports with his arms widely deployed the tray of this neck support. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songy mask named kikashi, still in use today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and a beard made of natural fibers. Plateau and base are eroded. Medium-brown patina, studded inlays.br-The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the Yakitengé and local chiefs. The secret society ...


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba neck press

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters embodying spirits, endowed with a cascading hairstyle, are depicted arms and legs outstretched entwined in a face to face. Velvety brown patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba neck support
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure holding, with the help of arms and skull, a circular seat. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex hairstyle of its owner refer to the luba royalty. They are depicted entwined in a face-to-face. Light brown satin skate.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba neck support
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African art > Head rest > Tabouret Luba

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters leaning on their hands, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are represented in a face to face with arms and outstretched legs. Medium brown matted patina. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luluwa neck support
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The flat, gently curved extension of the character's hairstyle forms the tray of our tribal neck support. The sculptor ingeniously counterbalanced this surprising asymmetry by endorsing the human figure, central, with oversized feet. Mahogany brown patina, polished, sained.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Bena Lulua , from West Africa, have settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using ...


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Songye neck support
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A caryatid female figure holds the tray of this neck rest with her widely deployed arms. The legs apart, with massive feet, enhance the detailed sexual organs while visually balancing the sculpture. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songye mask named kikashi, still used today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and beard made of natural fibers.
The back of the piece has a long crack of desication, the tray is eroded. Medium brown speckled patina, ocrée inlays.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and local leaders. The secret society Bwadi, however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, ...


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Dinka / Lotuko Sudan neck end
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This piece of furniture, evoking an animal with three graceful slanted feet, and whose center of the oblong tray curves, was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner. Its structure simply takes the shape of the branches of the tree. A prestigious object of the nomads also used as a stool, it also affirmed their social status and was part of the dowry of the bride-to-be. Glossy black-brown patina with warm highlights. Little information has been gathered about this animist people, farmers and pastoralists of southern Sudan, living in the Nile Basin. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade.

Dinka neck support
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Resting on three feet, two of which obliquely curved, this vaguely zoomorphic-looking neck rest has an oblong seat punctuated by brass nails. The pleatof of the sculpture encases this object with an exceptional character. Glossy golden honey patina. This exceptional object of prestige was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, which also indicated its social status, but was also used as a stool. Some, with handles, accompanied individuals on their travels.
Belt replaced by one of its owners.
Little information has been collected on these nomadic inhabitants of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade. "The Tribal Art of Black Africa" J.B.BACQUART


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Luba neck support
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. In this case it is a couple side by side. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures of spouses supporting the stage, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted standing. Black brown patina barely satin. Base split frontally.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba headrest

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Characters with cascading hairstyles and spirits are depicted with arms and legs stretched in a face-to-face. The leg posture on that of the other indicates an agreement between individuals. Light brown satin skate. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Mangbetu back-rest
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Ex-collection Swiss African art.
The ruler of the kingdoms of tribal Africa, not sitting on the ground in any way, a great diversity of seats were elaborated by the sculptors, such as this badge of sovereignty, cephalomorphic, embodying the power of the Chief Mangbetu. The seat from which arise two small brass domes associated with fertility, is supported by four feet. It is covered with oiled leather while the contours are embellished with large upholstery nails. The high hairstyle is characteristic of that of the Mangbetu aristocrats: from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the Mangbetu \


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Yaka Musaw Neck Support
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This type of neckguard, called musaw or m-baambu, kept in the bedrooms, is one of the objects that incorporates the personal ritual charms of matrilinating leaders and heads of households to preserve their beautiful tribal headdresses. This bird would refer to the stork. Some of these sculptures included magical charges inserted in discrete cavities. Glossy mahogany brown patina. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, the Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity nowadays for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and resort to rituals with charms related to the institution "khosi". The youth initiation society is ...


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