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Kongo comb (N° 22836)

BelgianAfrican tribal art collection.
This African comb of prestige equipped with a handle with an anthropomorphic motif was used for shaping the braided hairstyles of its owner. This type of hair adornment was patiently developed around a structure, which must have required long hours. Figurative combs, using figures and motifs associated with the cosmos and clan myths, are indeed widespread throughout West and Central Africa, where the art of hairdressing takes on its full meaning. These ceremonial hairstyles or more simply those of everyday life highlight the head, the seat of intelligence, wisdom and meditation. Velvety patina of use. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Dondo/Kamba, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by King Ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. From comparable beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world. Their realistic masks took part in initiation ceremonies and the funerals of notables, and their nailed fetish statues, nkondi, were charged with magical elements by the nganga.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyKongo
CountryCongo
Material(s)wood
Height cm25
Width6 cm
Weight0.05 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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