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Mangbetu Drum
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Percussion musical instrument of the 'a target'_blank' 'new'nofollow' href'https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Mangbetu_ (people)'' Mangbetu, , this half-moon-shaped wooden idiophone has been fitted with a long slot that acts as a resonant opening. It is endowed with an anthropomorphic handle that includes the features of the ancestor figures nebeli .
The Mangebetu Kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its symmetry and refinement, while at the same time testifying to the ritual killings and human sacrifices practiced by the people of elongated heads. The slot drum is not ...


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Statuette Mangbetu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Mangbetu

Female figure of the Mangbetu with the illustrious headdress ending in flared volume and linear marks on the whole body. Red-brown patina. Desication cracks.
The character wears body paints and scarifications similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relationships, and which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu, from an early age, the children also suffered a compression of the cranial box held tight by rapia ties.  Later, the young women \


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Pipe Mangbetu
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African art > African pipes in wood, in bronze > Pipe Mangbetu

Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The body lines on the characters, like those of the face, include the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on ...


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Mangbetu Spoon
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African art > Spoons, ladles > Mangbetu Spoon

Spoon with the characteristics of Mangbetu ceremonial objects. The handle depicting two long twisted necks bears a sculpture of a capped head according to traditional use, the result of a compression of the cranial box, thanks to raffia ties, from an early age. The hair was then intertwined around wicker strands and a headband encircled the forehead, accentuating the elongation of the skull.

Erosions and cracks.
Height with base: 55 cm.
The Mangebetu kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ancients call beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to ...


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Mangbetu figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu figure

Sculpted miniature of the Mangbetu type depicting a naked woman, tattooed and wearing her hair according to traditional usage. This headdress enhanced the elongation of the skull, typical of the group, which a compression of the head from an early age gradually deformed.
Satin patina, cracks.
The ancients call beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli. The Mangebetu kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its symmetry and refinement, while at the same time ...


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Statue Mangbetu Nebeli
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Mangbetu

Mangbetu court art and statues of ancestors
Geometric motifs on this naturalistic male figure evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with the the tribe had a relationship. The latter varied depending on the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was sported by the Mangbetu: from an early age, the children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the Mangbetu \


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Mangbetu Statue
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu Statue

The geometric patterns inscribed on this naturalistic male figure evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations. The latter varied depending on the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was sported by the Mangbetu: from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu their hair on wicker strands and applied a headband to the forehead to extract the hair and produce this particular headdress that accentuates the lengthening of the head. Slightly satin dark patie, abrasions, fine desication cracks.
The ancient names beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli .
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Mangbetu mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Mangbetu mask

African mask of the Mangbetu, whose ears wear rings. Orange oiled wood. erosions.
Height on base: 50 cm.
The geometric patterns evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations. These varied according to the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was worn by the Mangbetu: from an early age, children suffered compression of the cranium by means of raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu would "knit" their hair on wicker strands and apply a headband to the forehead in order to extract the hair and produce that particular headdress which accentuates the elongation of the head. The ancients call beli the sculptures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret ...


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Mangbetu Spoon
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African art > Spoons, ladles > Mangbetu Spoon

Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurring in tribal art. It is distinguished by the quality and finesse of its sculpture. We find there all the canons of Luba art including the mythical hairstyle. Although ritual, the spoon also quickly became an outward sign of wealth.
The Mangebetu kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments, everyday objects and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its symmetry and refinement, while at the same time testifying to the ritual murders and human sacrifices practiced by "the people of the elongated heads".


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Statuette Mangbetu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Mangbetu

Refinement of the African sculpture Mangbetu. Female statuette wearing the high headdress of the ethnic group. Indeed, among the Mangbetu from an early age, upper-class children suffered a compression of the cranial box, held tight by rapia ties. Later, the hair was 'knitted' on wicker strands and a headband would enser the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. Body lines, like those of the face, include traditional ethnic paintings, inspired by tattoos of the nearby Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. The ancient names beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Velvety dark patina. Slight misses.


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Figure of female ancestor Mangbetu
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu statue

This sculpted figure, illustrating a Mangbetu elegance devoid of artifice, shows a naked woman, wearing only a cap. This headdress emphasizes the elongation of the skull, typical of the group, which was progressively deformed by the compression of the head from a very young age. Smooth shiny patina, micro cracks.
The ancients named beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Satin brown patina with mahogany highlights, the wood grain appears in the lighter areas.
The Mangebetu kingdom in northern Congo produced architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments and statuary were marked by a rare aesthetic quality. ...


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Figure of Mangbetu Nebeli ancestor
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The traditional paintings of the Mangbetu ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, and evolving according to the circumstances, are represented on this statue thanks to linear patterns.
Among the Mangbetu from an early age, children of the upper classes also suffered compression of the skull, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on wicker strands and a headband encircled the forehead in order to bring out the hair and constitute this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients called beli the anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli .

Reddish brown patina, native restorations on the arms. ...

Mangbetu terracotta vase
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African art > Terracotta, jar, amphora, funerary urn > Jarre Mangbetu

A globular body surmounted by a female head styled according to the barrels of the ethnic group affirms the elegance of mangbetu pottery, symbol of fertility. The motifs engraved on the surface echo the traditional scarifications. The work of ceramics, in West and Central Africa, is carried out by women, wives of blacksmiths in the majority of cases. The Mangbetu women, who also produced basketry, excelled in this art.
In the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza ...


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Mangbetu headrest with caryatids
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African art > Head rest > Mangbetu headrest

A figure of a kneeling couple supports the tray of this piece of mangbetu furniture. The body tracings refer to the ceremonial paintings of the clan. The high hairstyle is characteristic of the Mangbetu aristocracy: from an early age, children had their skulls compressed by means of raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu knitted their hair on strands of wicker and applied a band on the forehead to extract the hair and produce this particular headdress that accentuates the elongation of the head. aesthetic refinement of the Mangbetu, and the emphasis placed on fertility . The elders name beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom expressed ...

Male figure of Mangbetu ancestor
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu statue

Wearing the characteristic headdress of the Mangbetu aristocrats, this ancestor's effigy offers serene features. The large ears stand out. Oversized feet and long, slender arms contrast with the general morphology. Body paintings and scarifications, evoked by the geometric tracings, are those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe maintained relations. They varied according to the circumstances. The ancients call beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli.
Among the Mangbetu from an early age, children underwent compression of the cranium held tightly by raffia ties. Later, young women would "knit" their hair on wicker strands and apply a headband to the forehead in order to make the hair stand out and ...

Mangbetu Parade Knife
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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Mangbetu Knife


Among the traditional African weapons, this knife with a tapered curved blade has a ringed wooden handle. Parade weapons above all, the sickle knives of the Mangbetu formed accessories appreciated during the ritual ceremonies danced and during visits. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the River Uele, the Mangbetu kingdom was expressed through architectural works that fascinated European visitors in the 19th century. Several groups established in the south of the Uele were placed under the authority of the Mangbetu kingdom as early as 1820: Bangaba, Makere, Mamvu, etc. A proliferation of prestigious objects, as well as utilitarian objects, were produced for dignitaries.


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Ceremonial spoon Mangbetu
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African art > Spoons, ladles > Spoon Mangbetu

The mangbetu's ceremonial objects have a wide variety, such as this prestigious spoon whose anthropomorphic handle borrows the silhouette of a woman wearing traditional body motifs, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, evolving according to the circumstances. She also wears the famous headdress that resulted from compression by raffia ties of the cranial box from an early age. The hair was later \


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Mangbetu figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu statue

Small male figure with exorbitant pupils. The body tracings, like those of the face, take up the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances.
Among the Mangbetu, from an early age, children of the upper classes had their skulls compressed and held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on strands of wicker and a headband wrapped around the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients called beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Satin patina. Desiccation crack.
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Female figure Nebeli Mangbetu
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Mangbetu

The body tracings, like those of the face, are associated with the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. In addition, among the Mangbetu, from an early age, children of the upper classes underwent compression of the cranium, held tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on wicker strands and a headband was placed around the forehead to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients called beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Dark oiled patina, desiccation cracks.br> The Mangebetu kingdom in northern ...

Jarre Mangbetu terracotta
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African art > Terracotta, jar, amphora, funerary urn > Mangbetu Pottery

This ceramic vase, whose conical neck is carefully highlighted by successive ribs, and whose regular globular body is adorned with a decorative frieze, affirms the elegance of mangbetu productions. The work of ceramics, in West and Central Africa, is carried out by women, wives of blacksmiths in the majority of cases. The Mangbetu women, who also produced basketry, excelled in this art. Black patina speckled with abraded light areas.
In the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King ...


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Mangbetu Nebeli figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Mangbetu figure

The motifs inscribed on the face and body of this male figure are associated with the traditional paintings of the ethnic group, inspired by the tattoos of the neighboring Asua pygmies, and which varied according to the circumstances. Among the Mangbetu from a very young age, children of the upper classes were also subjected to compression of the skull, kept tight by raffia ties. Later, the hair was "knitted" on wicker strands and a headband was placed around the forehead in order to bring out the hair and form this majestic headdress accentuating the elongation of the skull. The ancients called beli anthropomorphic figures embodying ancestors, stored out of sight, and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Oiled black patina. Slight abrasions and missing on one ...


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