Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
A Central African people settled in Kasai, a neighbor of the Kuba, the Ndengese, Dengese, form one of the clans descended from a common ancestor, the Mongo, some of them originating from the Upper Nile. They produced statues of primitive art with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief, called "Isikimanji".
The flared hairstyle, often surmounted by a horn at the top, is characteristic of the hairstyles acquired by the chiefs Totshi belonging to the association ikoho and evokes particular proverbs . It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The face seems to be in meditation. The ringed neck surmounts a bust abundantly scarified, translating the wish of a social and aesthetic differentiation. The hands are joined on the abdomen. Dark brown patina very slightly abraded. Cracks of desiccation.
Ref: "Treasures of Africa" Tervuren Museum.
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