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Mangbetu prestige chair (N° 18608)

Mangbetu, the African tribal art of prestige, was intended for the elite of society, such as this chair surmounted by a head with mangbetu characteristics. The circular seat is slightly concave, while the slightly curved back has remnants of motifs evoking the traditional tattoos of the tribe. Similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations, they varied according to the circumstances. The Mangbetu kingdom has been expressed through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century, a patina of use, luster, golden brown, cracks and>abli in the forest in the north-east of Zaire. 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 ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its refinement, while at the same time testifying to the ritual killings and human sacrifices practiced by the people of elongated heads, to indicate this characteristic deformation of the cranial box obtained from compression, from an early age.  

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OriginEx-collection Cheminal
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight7.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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