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Statue
Statue
Seated figurine made of steatite with the right hand raised to the right cheek, headdress with five leopard claws, one of which is missing. The headdress is made of banana tree fibres to which leopard claws are attached. Costume designed by black lines which are no longer present at the back, but still visible at the front. Decorated with a necklace of large beads around the neck. A bottle under the left arm.
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Chief's chair
Chief's chair
This type of ciwamo (chair) is inspired by Portuguese chairs from the end of the 18th century. The ciwamo were decorated with motifs and sculptures that were more or less complex on the crosspieces and back. Here a Cihongo/tshihongo mask figures on the frontal crosspiece. The choice of subject is not neutral, because this mask is indeed the personification of a powerful and beneficial spirit particularly close to power. The mask was worn by the chief himself or one of his sons.
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Cephalomorphic decorated horn
Cephalomorphic decorated horn
With the Mangbetu and their neighbours, these horns, linked to the figure of the chief, rang out in times of war or found their place in the orchestras of dances and parades.
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Giant Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
The giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) is the largest kingfisher in Africa, where it is a resident breeding bird over most of the continent south of the Sahara Desert other than the arid southwest.
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Kikolondondo. Plucked idiophone
Kikolondondo. Plucked idiophone
The sanza or 'thumb piano' is the instrument most characteristic of Bantu culture. It appears in alle manner of diverse shapes and types in virtually the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
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Nkisi nkonde mungundu
Nkisi nkonde mungundu
The legs of this big nkisi have been damaged. For reasons that are more to do with the aesthetics than for ritual reasons, a local sculptor made him a new pair of legs. The efforts made to keep this nkisi nkonde intact can perhaps be explained by the fact that these prestigious, difficult to make objects sometimes belonged to the chiefs and contributed to their reputation.
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Box with stick insects
Box with stick insects
Box with stick insects
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African olive pigeon
African olive pigeon
The robust African olive pigeon spends its nights in the montane forests and travels several kilometres every day to forage in the lower-lying plains and valleys.
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Gikhoko pendant
Gikhoko pendant
The ikhoko (sg. gikhoko) are miniature ivory replicas of masks. Young boys were generally given them after their initiation during the mukanda circumcision rite.
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