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Map of Africa
Map of Africa
Africae Tabula Nova map by Abraham Ortelius
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Medal
Medal
Medal issued on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Société Internationale Forestière et Minière du Congo, 1906-1956
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Iginga figurine
Iginga figurine
Anthropomorphic figurines, be they in ivory or wood, bore the generic name of iginga (pl. maginga). In addition, each one represented a particular figure. Unfortunately many figurines, like this one, were collected without their exact identity being recorded. Only initiates to the highest rank of kindi could own figurines made of ivory or elephant bone.
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Throwing knife
Throwing knife
Throwing knives are some of the most surprising weapons of Central Africa. Their multiple blades, the shapes of which vary in different cultures, not to mention their weight, make them truly lethal projectiles. The basic models were used in wartime whilst the most magnificently embellished ones tended to be used as ceremonial weapons or currency.
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Cibwabwabwa mask
Cibwabwabwa mask
This mask, which represents a male figure, primarily appeared when there were hunting or fertility problems. It could also appear on other occasions (as entertainment or during mourning ceremonies).
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Statue
Statue
These sculptures appeared during memorial ceremonies devoted to a deceased etotshi (notable). In the 1920s, a custodian of the Museum of Tervuren, Joseph Maes, published one of the few articles about these statue-busts of the Ndengese and a few neighbouring peoples.
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Belima cooking pot
Belima cooking pot
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Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
The chimpanzee is, together with the bonobo, the closest relative to humans. Chimpanzees live in complex hierarchies that are dominated by alpha males. They mainly eat fruit, leaves, and insects such as termites, but also meat.
Chimpanzees are the most numerous and widely distributed of the great apes. However, their numbers are declining due to poaching, infectious diseases, and habitat loss.
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Buanga bua bulenga/bwimpe Luphingu
Buanga bua bulenga/bwimpe Luphingu
The left hand of the figurine would have no doubt been holding a cup, a characteristic of numerous examples of buanga bua bulenga/bwimpe. The stick, symbol of power, refers to certain specific healing rites to which the eldest daughter of an important chief could be subjected. At the end of the ritual, which banished any influence of an evil spirit, she was given a real political role.
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