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Dagger
Dagger
This sculpted knife handle from the North East of Congo testifies to a desire to decorate and enrich the ceremonial daggers. This purely decorative head or body highlights the rank and wealth of the owner due to its refinement.
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Rhombic egg eater
Rhombic egg eater
The African egg-eating snake has no real teeth and is harmless to humans. Eggs are its only food source. It mainly goes in search of them at night.
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le python empaillé
le python empaillé
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Nkishi statue
Nkishi statue
A bwanga is an object or a particular assembly of objects to which the nganga (soothsayer-healer) adds bishimba or amalgams of ingredients to provide protection from misfortune (infertility, illness, threats from sorcerers). The nkishi is a special kind of bwanga which takes on the form of an anthropomorphic statue or statuette. The bishimba are generally inserted in the holes in the navel and the head.
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African palm-swift
African palm-swift
The African palm swift (Cypsiurus parvus) is a small swift. It is very similar to the Asian palm swift, Cypsiurus balasiensis, and was formerly considered to be the same species.
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Watercolour of an encampment of the Force publique in Congo
Watercolour of an encampment of the Force publique in Congo
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Monocled cobra
Monocled cobra
The monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia), also called monocellate cobra, is a cobra species widespread across South and Southeast Asia and listed as Least Concern by IUCN
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Plucked idiophone
Plucked idiophone
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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"Marbled" plate
"Marbled" plate
After the second firing of the ceramic, a plant extract was thrown on the still burning pieces. The resulting chemical reaction of the contact between the mixture and the pot resulted in this characteristic marbling.
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