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Statue of ancestor Ndengese Totshi (N° 18554)

This male figure that seems truncated is actually depicted kneeling, the sex prominently symbolizing the lineage. The flared hairstyle topped with a top horn is characteristic of the hairstyles acquired by the heads Totshi belonging to the association ikoho and evokes particular proverbs. It symbolizes respect, intelligence and maturity. The face seems to be in meditation. The neck is classically ringed. The motifs engraved in relief refer to scarifications that distinguished socially and aesthetically individuals. The arrangement of the hands draws the eye to the protruding umbilical. Dark brown patina abraded, residual inlays Fine desication cracks. The sculpture requires the use of a discreet hold, placed under the posterior base, which will be delivered with the sculpture.
Central African population based in Kasai, a neighbour of the Kuba, the Ndengese form one of the clans of a common ancestor Mongo, some of them from the Upper Nile. They produced first art statues with absent or truncated lower limbs, covered with graphic symbols, symbolizing the prestige of the leader. Ref.: Treasures of Africa Tervuren Museum.  

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Originex-collection Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight10.20 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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