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Bongo pole (N° 20308)
African statues commemorating the peoples of East Africa.
Intended to adorn a burial site, this type of object, generally a post, is presented here in a reduced format. The rectangular bust of a character, where only the shoulders are highlighted, presents two arms in low relief, extended by slight cuts indicating fine fingers. For the head, a parsimonious but effective carving has given rise to an expressive physiognomy.
Dull patina, minimal cracks and abrasions.
ngya) which they erected on their tombs, with the aim of assuring it a place of choice in the afterlife.
The Bongo live primarily in southwestern Sudan. This population suffered the consequences of slavery and the expansion of the Zande kingdoms in the 19th century. By 1920 their group had been reduced to 5000 individuals.
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