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Dengese Statuette (N° 23722)

Figure embodying a chief established in the typical posture of classical Ndengese statuary. The headdress surmounted by a summit appendage characterizes the Totshi chiefs belonging to the ikoho association and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. Glossy brown patina, very minimal abrasions.
People of Central Africa established in Kasai, neighbor of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans descended from a common ancestor Mongo, some of them originating of the Upper Nile. They produced primitive art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the chief.
Ref.: "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm20
Width10 cm
Weight0.40 Kg

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