Hungana Art: Ivory Carving

The Hungana or Hungaan are a small ethnic group from Kwango Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In primitive African art, they are probably mainly known to collectors for their small ivory or konda-konda or djendere bone pendants; small figurines with a crested headdress. Their function remains unknown but these pendants would most likely have served as amulets or perhaps as witnesses of a past initiation. They are also known to have stylized statues.

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