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Solongo figure (N° 23273)

Characteristic of the African art of the Solongo of Angola, a tribe of the Kongo group, this type of work representing a human figure perched on the shoulders of a second, was used during the rites of handing over of powers. Missing at the base. Semi-satin brown patina.
Known for supplying the colonial market with carved ivory tusks, the Solongo were the first to come into contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century. Their realistic statuary consists of nkonde figures of power stabbed with nails, maternity sculptures, various fetishes, masks and prestige objects. Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum
 

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OriginCollection belge
EthnySolongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, verre
Height cm36
Width7 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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