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Statue of ancestor Ndengese Totshi (N° 19069)

People of Central Africa established in Kasaï, neighbors of the Kuba, the Ndengese, the Dengese, form one of the clans from a common ancestor, the Mongo, some of them originating from the Upper Nile. They produced statues with absent or truncated lower limbs symbolizing the king or etoshi, itoci. The flared coiffure surmounted by a horn at the top is characteristic of the hairstyles of the notables Totshi belonging to the ikoho association. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The triangular face in which the features are inscribed expresses a certain concentration. The neck presents ringed and the bust of many scarified motives representing the costume of the chief at the time of the investitures.
The statue has an orange-brown patina with minimal cracks. Source : "Art sans pareil" J. Volper p.39  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight3.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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