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Pende caryatids neck press (N° 18550)
Aimed at preserving the head adornments, this piece of furniture consists of a curved neck support supported by female figures, positioned back to back, probably evoking the woman soothsayers. The latter also embody, for the user, spirits guardians of his rest. Glossy dark patina.
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The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief. Governed by heads of the family, the jogo, , to the priestly function, the Pende have sculptures designed to get in touch with the ancestors, to which sacrifices are offered. They are stored in a room or house adjoining the chief's room.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, perles de verre|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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