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Mossi Nakomse Statues (N° 10849)
Former Private Belgian collection of African art.
The body is straight, the arms hang along the body. The face has scarifications on its outline. A very fine sagittal crest is observed and engraved with lines simulating the hair. The patina is raw and has beautiful traces of desication.
The Mossi society was structured and hierarchical by its invaders as early as the 15th century. The two populations mixed and progeny over the decades The name Nakomse refers to the descendants of the Islamic horsemen, among whom political leaders were always chosen. Religious leaders were always descended from the natives, also known as Tengabibisi.
It is not surprising to find in the Mossi and Dogon some similarities in the statuary and aesthetics of masks. Indeed, the Tengabibisi themselves were made up of cosmopolitan ethnic mixtures originally from the Dogon, Kurumba, Nunuma and others.