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Ancestor statue Ngeende (N° 18779)
Among the kuba clans, the Ngeende produced an abundance of prestigious sculptures, sometimes intended for neighbouring groups. According to tradition, the Ngeende, which is descended from the mythical ancestor Woot, came from the north of the Sankuru River. After being defeated by a Bushoong king, they entered the Kuba kingdom in the 16th century. They produced a large number of masks associated with the story of the mythical ancestor Woot whose bride-sister, Gady a'Mwaash, could represent the sculpted subject. Remarkably satin patina, abrasions and desication crack. Scattered residues.
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The Ngeende are established in the eastern region of the Kuba kingdom. According to oral tradition, they would descend from Woot and adopted the Kuba religion to which they incorporated Kete beliefs. They thus venerate the spirits of nature ngesh of Kete origin.
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