Figurative hair pin - Mangbetu - Congo - SOLD

Wonderfully refined traditional hair pin from the Mangbetu peopleIvory traditional pin carved to the top with human head with conical shaped hair with roll to the base. The facial features with almond shaped eyes and slit for mouth.Mangbetu artists are famed for reducing sculptural elements to their simplest forms, as exemplified by this beautiful hair pin. Two or more of these pins would be worn by women in their distinctive bound hairstyles and were prized possessions of people of high rank in society. The wealth of the owner of these pins is not only seen in the material that they are made from, but also the fact that they are carved from a single piece of ivory. Origin : private collection, BelgiumDating : 1920Size : 28 x 0,5 cmHigh end stand included

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Presumed dating
Circa 1920
Ethnic group
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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