Mangbetu anthropomorphic jar


Pottery in Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, south of the Uele, in the Mangbetu and Niangara territories, we find anthropomorphic pottery whose neck presents a head or a character with an elongated skull according to the tradition of the country.

See in contextual photos, the realization of a Mangbetu terracotta jar in the first half of the 20th century and an illustration of the characteristic high headdress worn by Mangbetu individuals, whose skull, it must be remembered, was constrained from birth , using strips, to follow an ogival shape for aesthetic purposes.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
30,5 cm
Ethnic group
Terracotta / Ceramic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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