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Bow lute
Bow lute
A musical instrument typical of the Central-African region is the pluriarc. The origin of its names lies in its construction principle. To the box-shaped soundboard several arches are fixed that each have theirown string and thus each serve as a fingerboard. The form of the soundboard varies from a simple rectangular box to a more roundedelegant form.
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Orchestre des animaux (Animal orchestra)
Orchestre des animaux (Animal orchestra)
Orchestre des animaux (Animal orchestra)
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Statuette
Statuette
This very archaic sculpture, the initial role of which is unknown, was possibly incorporated into one of the numerous brotherhoods known as "isumba" of the Pere or Nande at the beginning of the 20th century. The initiation to an isumba involved learning the symbolism of the statuettes (or other objects) which were linked to it.
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kimberlite
kimberlite
Diamond-bearing deposits
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Slave handcuffs
Slave handcuffs
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Stanley's cap
Stanley's cap
Cap worn by M. Stanley during his expedition in search of Emin Pasha.
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Decorated gourd
Decorated gourd
This calabash shows a funeral scene. It is embellished with images that originally alluded to proverbs but which today have lost most of their meaning.
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brochantite
brochantite
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Skull and brain of gorilla, chimpanzee and man
Skull and brain of gorilla, chimpanzee and man
Over the last two million years, the brain size has increased spectacularly within the human lineage. Our brains are about three times larger than you would expect for an ape with our body size.
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