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Pende statue (N° 23345)
Female figure offering facial scarifications similar to those of the Lele, but also presenting criteria of their pende neighbors. The bust also bears geometric keloids, the lower abdomen, around which the hands rest, is striated. The hairstyle is orange in shells pulled back. Base damaged. Beautiful abraded black patina.
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The Lélé, neighbors of the Tschokwe and the Pende, live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural specificities with the Bushoong of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their society headed by a "nymi" king, includes three classes, that of the Tundu or warlords, the Batshwa ("those who reject the Tundu authority") and the Wongo called by the name of the neighboring ethnic group. The ritual ceremonies are under the authority of the oldest, chiefs of each village who hold the secrets of medicinal plants. These elders once formed, with the parents of twins, spiritual intermediaries, the bangang brotherhood responsible for the initiation of young people.
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