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Ancestor Figure Dengese Totshi (N° 18448)

A Central African people based in Kasai, a neighbour of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans of a common ancestor Mongo, some of whom are from the Upper Nile. They produced first art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the leader. The flared hairstyle topped with a top horn is characteristic of the hairstyles acquired by the heads Totshi belonging to the association ikoho and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The face seems to be in meditation. The neck has annals. In order to differentiate themselves socially and aesthetically, losangic scarifications are traced on the bust. The hands highlight the salient umbilical. Clear patina, few desication cracks.
Ref.: Treasures of Africa Tervuren Museum.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyNdenguesé
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height42
Width10
Weight0.74 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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