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Effigy Ndop Bushoong Kuba (N° 17262)
Incarnation of the king in the African art sculpture Kuba.
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Alers for his subjects, the king is depicted sitting in a suit on the royal platform, unable to touch the ground. This statue considered magical was carved from termite-resistant wood. Symbols ibol associated with his reign, generally identify him. As leader of both the kingdom and the bushoong chiefdom, 'nyim', supernatural abilities from witchcraft or ancestors were attributed to him. He therefore ensured the peregity of his subjects, whether through the harvests, the rain or the birth of the children. These magical attributes, however, were not hereditary.
The gravity-printed face has been carefully constructed, just like the digital feet and hands. Beautiful sculpted work. Locally abraded dark brown patina.
In the last days of the king's life, the commemorative statue was placed at his bedside so that it could capture its vital energy because the object would survive him. According to Cornet (1982), these statues were intended for the sovereign's widows because after the funeral, the ndop was installed in the harem.
On the time the successor to the throne was appointed, he isolated himself with the statue in order to draw the accumulated energy and in turn share it with his subjects.
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