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Etoffe Pongo d'Ituri (N° 18045)
Produced by pygmies in the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these fabrics woven from ficus bark fibers were painted by women. Men cut wood and hammered bark, and women generally used a gardenia decoction mixed with charcoal ash to draw patterns similar to tattoos worn by tribe members. On this copy, grids of different formats were drawn on the clear background, a traitor each of them, sometimes forming a loop at its end. The rhythm and space created between the different signs would also have a connection with the polyphonic songs through which the pygmies of Ituri address God. The Mangbetu, in contact with the Asua pygmies, produced a similar type of cloth (named tapa in Oceania) decorated with more complex symbols called murumba or nogetwe . This type of fabric, if not worn in loincloth, could be stretched on the inner walls of the boxes.
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Ref.: Unrivalled art J. Volper Africa, the Art of a Continent Ed. Mr. Prestel.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||fibres de ficus|
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