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Ancestor statue Ndengese Congo (N° 14174)

A central African people based in Kasai, a neighbour of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans of a common ancestor Mongo, some of them from upper Nile. They produced statues of art first to the absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the leader. The flared hairstyle topped with a summit horn is characteristic of the hairstyles acquired by the Totshi chefs belonging to the association ikoho and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The face seems to be in meditation. The neck has a sling. The bust bears losangic scarifications in relief, with the aim of differentiating socially and aesthetically. The clasped hands highlight the protruding umbilical. Dark brown patina abraded. Desication cracks. Ref.: " Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.  

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Originex-collection Lagarde
EthnyNdenguesé
CountryCongo
Material(s)wood
Height48
Width10
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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