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Prestigious seat carried by five caryatid miniatures constituting the uprights. A sculpted figure whose head protrudes hugs the back that she grips with her hands. Aluminum appliqués, underlined with nails, form symbolic animal motifs.

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The Nkanu, from the Kongo group like the Zombo, live from agriculture along the Lufimi River. Their villages are grouped in groups of four or five under the authority of a local chief directing the heads of families. Their artistic production is mainly linked to the "kimeki" initiation rites and the nkanda circumcision: statues of drummers, masks, hut panels, statuettes dedicated to therapeutic rites. The sculpted objects bear motifs intended for the instruction of young initiates. Lit. : "100 People of ...

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