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Dengese figurative backrest (N° 20691)

Collection of Belgian African art. This very finely chiseled backrest depicts a figure, female it seems, whose legs come back to rest on the back, the feet resting on the ground, forming a balance with the curved plate.
The flared headdress, often surmounted by a horn, is characteristic of the headdresses acquired by the Totshi chiefs belonging to the ikoho association and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. Numerous scarifications are traced all over the body. Brown glossy patina. Very slight cracks at the top.
A central African people settled in Kasai, neighboring the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans descended from a common Mongo ancestor, some of them originating from the Upper Nile. They produced early art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief. Ref: "Treasures of Africa" Tervuren Museum.  

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OriginCollection belge V.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm17
Depth14 cm
Width51 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
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