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Ndengese statue (N° 22073)

The mother incarnating the ancestor of the clan is represented kneeling. The flared hairstyle, surmounted by a summit horn, forms a distinctive attribute of the hairstyles acquired by the Totshi chiefs belonging to the ikoho association and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. An intricate network of scarifications, corresponding to a symbolic graphic design, and others purely decorative, are inscribed in relief on the body. Velvety, matte, brown patina. Desication erosions and cracks.br />
People of Central Africa established in Kasaï, neighbor of the Kuba, the Ndengese or Dengese form one of the clans resulting from a common ancestor Mongo, some of them being from the Upper Nile. They produced primitive art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief. These statues were placed on the graves of etotoshi members belonging to the highest level of the ikoho hunting society. In addition to their sculpted objects linked to social prestige, including cups and scepters, their masks are derived from Kuba productions or borrowed from the Kete.
 

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyNdenguesé
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm87
Width19 cm
Weight4.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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