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Statue of Congo (N° 18914)

Belgian African tribal art collection.
Power fetishes in African art.
This naturalist figure presents an oval face whose style is generally attributed to the Solongo of Angola, the latter providing the Kongo clans. The glassy look of the pinhead pupils is wide open which "is the prerogative of an elder. Indeed, only the middle-aged can stare at us with such insistence in order to alert us to problems or oddities."
This statue of a warrior evokes the subjugation of enemies, physical or immaterial. Clayey libatory residues have agglutinated on the surface.
Beautiful dark oiled patina, ochre granular aggregates. Source : "Le geste Kongo" Musée Dapper .  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, plant fibre
Height cm57
Width20 cm
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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