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Ancestor statue Ndengese (N° 15086)

People of Central Africa settled in Kasai, neighbors of the Kuba, the Ndengese, Dengeé , form one of the clans from a common ancestor Mongo , some of them from Upper Nile. They produced statues with absent or truncated lower limbs symbolizing the king or etoshi, itoci . The flared hairstyle topped with a summit horn is characteristic of the hairstyles of notables Totshi belonging to the association ikoho . It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The triangular face in which the hemmed features fit expresses a certain reverence. The high neck giving the ensemble an alt-like look has drips that extend over the chest. The bust and arms are dotted with ringed scarifications and checkerboard motifs evoking the chef's clothes sewn with pearls and cauris dedicated to the investiture and funeral. The hands are placed around a protruding umbilical overlooking the sexual organres symbolizing virility and fertility. The statue has an orange-brown patina and has eroded areas. Source: "Art unparalleled" J. Volper p.39  

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Originex-collection Cordier
EthnyNdenguesé
CountryCongo
Material(s)wood
Height68
Width17
Weight2.60 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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