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Afrormosia
Afrormosia
The afrormosia is included in the CITES list. The high-quality wood is much sought after on the international market. The species is also threatened, but in Yangambi and its surroundings it is still common. Together with Congolese colleagues, the museum is researching wood growth in order to enable sustainable use.
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Rattle
Rattle
Basketwork rattle, basket-shaped
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Prismatic compass
Prismatic compass
Congo expedition. 1879-1884 H.M Stanley
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Mask
Mask
This type of mask is inspired by the Kuba nnup which appeared at the funerals of important dignitaries. On this occasion, the role of the nnup was to appease the spirit of the dead person. However, on the basis of known data, there is no reason to believe that this mask from Upper Sankuru had the same role as that of the nnup.
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Painting
Painting
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Nkisi nkonde statue
Nkisi nkonde statue
This nkisi nkonde was initially the property of Ne Cuco, one of the grand chiefs of Boma with whom the manager of the A. Delcommune factory was in conflict. This nkisi is of great importance. The Kongo leaders almost assimilated the fact that it was recuperated by the men of Delcommune with taking someone hostage. What's more, Ne Cuco was prepared to pay a ransom to retrieve it. A. Delcommune was very familiar with this fetish which was renowned in the region, mainly because he had called on its services in the past. Indeed, upon the advice of a local official, a costly "rental" of the nkisi had been made to Ne Cuco in order to make it possible to catch deserters who had fled from the young Belgian.
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Black-fronted duiker
Black-fronted duiker
The black-fronted duiker (Cephalophus nigrifrons) is a small antelope found in central and west-central Africa.
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Nkisi statuette
Nkisi statuette
The famous nkisi (charms) of the different Kongo peoples are amongst the best known creations of Congolese art; numerous examples are kept in the museum collections. A nkisi consists of a sculpture to which different bilongo (magical charges) from the animal, mineral and/or plant kingdom are attached.
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