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Figure of Mangbetu Nebeli ancestor (N° 21911)

Ancestor figure represented naked, carried by oversized feet. The traced geometric patterns evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, analogous to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe maintained relations. These varied according to the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was worn by the Mangbetu: from an early age, children suffered compression of the cranium by means of raffia ties. Later the Mangbetu would "knit" their hair on wicker strands and apply a headband to the forehead in order to extract the hair and produce that particular headdress which accentuates the elongation of the head. The ancients call these figures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli beli. Dark satin patina. Desication cracks, abrasions.  

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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm32
Width8 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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