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Ancestor figure Mangbetu Nebeli (N° 18140)
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Woman's Figure associated with fertility.
Souvent represented in a noble and graceful attitude, the female statues of the Mangbetu are probably ancestors of the clan. The geometric patterns traced 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 .
Semi-mate Brown Medina. Ochre residual inlays.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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