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Kongo figure (N° 23169)

Kongo statuette embodying the ancestor of the clan, a mediating figure, as evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child would symbolize the matrilineal transmission of power. The Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with lozenges related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity. The mouth reveals traditionally filed teeth, the eyes highlight the grandmother's ability to discern occult things. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown. However, they frequently formed the carved pattern at the top of chiefs' canes. Shiny mahogany patina. Slight cracks mainly on the base. A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. The use of this type of sculpture remains unknown.
Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum and "Treasures of Africa" ​​Museum of Tervuren; "The Soul of Africa" ​​s.Diakonoff.


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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height cm25
Width10 cm
Weight0.70 Kg

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