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Caryatid stool
Caryatid stool
Stools such as these were made for kings and dignitaries. The female figure may represent a mwadi, a medium (seer) who embodies the spirit of a dead king. Women were seen as powerful mediums and played a prominent role in Luba royal ceremonies 
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Tulualembe mask-shield
Tulualembe mask-shield
The creation of tulualembe masks ceased in the 1920s. The role of these objects can probably be found within the lilwa brotherhood which regulated part of the socal life amongst the Yela.
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Mbwoongitwool in the form of a traditional pillowcase
Mbwoongitwool in the form of a traditional pillowcase
The Kuba mbwoongitwool were exclusively made by women. They created these small figurative sculptures by working a paste made of the precious red tukula powder mixed with sandy clay.
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Nswo statuette
Nswo statuette
This nswo has numerous iconographic-stylistic Teke elements on the face such as the virile bun and vertical scarifications on the face.
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African darter
African darter
African darters are closely related to cormorants. They are usually found on inland lakes and near large rivers. They swim under water and spear fish on their dagger-shaped bill. Back above the water, they toss their prey in the air until it falls lengthways and they can swallow it.
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Electric lamellophone
Electric lamellophone
The sanza or 'thumb piano' is the instrument most characteristic of Bantu culture. It appears in alle manner of diverse shapes and types in virtually the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
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