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Yombe figure (N° 23340)

Kongo tribal sculpture depicted seated cross-legged. This female figure embodies the mediating ancestor of the clan, as evidenced by the scarifications of the bust. The child symbolizes the matrilineal transmission of power. The mouth reveals traditionally filed teeth, the eyes are frequently glazed, emphasizing the grandmother's ability to discern occult things. Satin patina, grainy areas.
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 Yombe adorned their textiles, mats and loincloths, with lozenges related to proverbs glorifying work and social unity.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm22
Width7 cm
Weight0.23 Kg

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