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Ndengese Figure (N° 22428)
People of Central Africa established in Kasai, neighbor of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans descended from a common ancestor Mongo, some of them originating of the Upper Nile. They produced primitive art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief.
The flared hairstyle surmounted by a top appendage is characteristic of the hairstyles acquired by the Totshi chiefs belonging to the ikoho association and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The face seems in meditation. The neck has rings. Lozenge scarifications in relief, in order to differentiate socially and aesthetically, are traced on the bust. The clasped hands highlight the protruding umbilicus. Abraded dark brown patina, residual ocher encrustations. Desication cracks.
Ref.: "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.
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