Pongo Bark - African art

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Produced by the pygmies of the Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these fabrics woven from ficus bark fibers were painted by the women. The men cut the wood and hammered the bark, and the women generally used a decoction of gardenia mixed with coal ash to draw designs similar to the tattoos sported by members of the tribe. The rhythm and the space created between the different signs would also have a link 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 fabric (called tapa in Oceania) decorated with more complex symbols called murumba or nogetwe. This type of fabric, if it was not worn as a loincloth, could be stretched on the interior walls of the huts. Ref. : “Unparalleled art” J. Volper; “Africa, the Art of a Continent” ed. Prestel.  


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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)fibres de ficus
Height cm39
Width70 cm
Weight0.05 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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