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Bed frame Kongo Yombe Nzo kumbi (N° 21741)
Accessory of the initiation lodges nzo kumbi , this type of symbolic sculpture was placed against the bed of the house of reclusion for young girls in preparation for marriage.
Two seated couples hug each other, while a dog figures at the end of the frame.
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Satin patina with residual granular encrustation. Desiccation cracks.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalistic statuary and religious rites through of carved fetishes nkondo nkisi . The Yombe settled on the West African coast, in the southwest of the Republic of Congo and in Angola.
Ref. : "Treasures of Africa, Museum of Tervuren" ed. C. DE VRIES - BROUWERS (page 52 and 289)