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Mangbetu Crest Mask (N° 17746)

Rare cephalomorphic mask of the Mangbetu, topped with the traditional hairstyle, and endowed with ears pierced with wide rings. The contours of the base are wrapped with basket rods. The bulge of the nose and upper lip demonstrate the sculptor's mastery. Veined oiled wood with mahogany reflections. Erosions.
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. The ancient names beli these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli . Brilliant patina, matte residual inlays, desicit crack.  

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Originex-collection Cheminal
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm48
Width24 cm
Weight1.75 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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