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Game of awale Mangbetu two-headed (N° 18628)
Ex-collection Belgian African tribal art.
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Creus of 28 alveoli, this awale game is part of the mancalas family of games. The foot is altered. The figurative motifs, in the form of carved heads, obey the stylistic canonical mangbetu and zande. Clear patina, slightly abraded. Small cracks. Established in the forest in northeastern Zaire, between Bomokandi and the River Uele, the Mangbetu kingdom was expressed through architectural works that fascinated European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, ornaments, pottery and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The ethnologist G.A. Schweinfurth in 1870 described its refinement, while at the same time testifying to the ritual killings and human sacrifices practiced by the people of elongated heads, to indicate this characteristic deformation of the cranial box obtained from compression, from an early age. Several groups established in the south of the Uele were placed under the authority of the Mangbetu kingdom as early as 1820: Bangaba, Makere, Mamvu, etc. A proliferation of prestigious objects, as well as utilitarian objects, were produced for dignitaries. As early as 1892, as Niangara became the Belgian colonial capital, taxes were collected from families.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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