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Figure of ancestor Dengese Isikimanji (N° 17585)
Kneeling, hands on the abdomen, the chief wears the flared headdress, topped with a summit horn, typical of headdresses acquired by Totshi chiefs belonging to the ikoho association and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. A network of elaborate scarifications, corresponding to symbolic graphics, and others purely decorative, are traced on the body. Abraded black patina.
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A central African people settled in Kasai, neighboring the Kuba, the Ndengese or Dengese form one of the clans descended from a common Mongo ancestor, some of them originating from the Upper Nile. They produced early art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief. These statues were placed on the tombs of etotoshi members belonging to the supreme level of the ikoho hunting society. In addition to their carved objects related to social prestige, including cups and scepters, their masks are derived from Kuba productions or borrowed from the Kete.
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