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Mangbetu Mask (N° 18960)
Large African Mangbetu mask, topped by the traditional flared hairstyle. Golden mahogany oiled wood. Erosions. Satin patina.
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The geometric patterns evoke the body paintings and tribal scarification of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations. The latter varied according to circumstances. The Mangbetu had a fan-shaped hairstyle: from a very young age, children had their skulls compressed with raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu would "knit" their hair on wicker strands and apply a headband to the forehead in order to extract the hair and produce this particular hairstyle which accentuates the lengthening of the head.
Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the Uele River, the Mangbetu Kingdom expressed itself through architectural works that fascinated European visitors in the 19th century.
Several groups established in the south of the Uele were placed under the authority of the Mangbetu kingdom as early as 1820: Bangaba, Makere, Mamvu, etc... An abundance of prestigious objects, as well as utilitarian objects, were produced for the dignitaries.
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