African art > African Statues > Mangbetu Trio of Musicians
Ex-Belgian African art collection.
In the West, the Mangbetu are famous for the diversity of their artistic materials including a wide range of everyday objects, instruments and ornaments of African art. However, they are also renowned among their neighbours for the quality of their architecture and in particular their temples, which led them to be commissioned by the latter to design such architectural gems for them. Mangbetu statues, although rare, are easily identifiable by their light orange wood and characteristic headdress. This headdress represents the ideal canon of beauty within the mangbetu aristocracy. From an early age, the children were compressed from the cranial box, which was tightened by raffia bonds. Later, the young women \