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Animal Fetish Tale (N° 18769)
Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Les Tale form a Lega sub-tribe. These protective objects, sculpted on certain occasions, represent a totemic animal. Lustrous brown patina
Eager to appropriate the qualities of certain animals of which they knew remarkably the morals, the initiates of the Lega often adopted the names of various vertebrates, and the initiates of the level of Kindi were called the people of the tail of the elephant: Bakinsamba.
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