Dancer figurine

Name

Dancer figurine

Description

Dancer figurine made of raffia. It pictures a dancer wearing a black and white raffia costume.

Materials

raffia, wood

Place of Production

Democratic Republic of Congo, Pende people
20th Century

Number of pieces

1

Use

This figurine shows a royal dancer called muganji. It was made by the Pende tribe, in the area of Bandundu. Dancers used to wear raffia clothes to perform during royal ceremonies. These official events could celebrate the beginning of a war, the enthronisation of a king, the birth of a royal family member or simply for royal visits. The muganji incarnated spirits of the ancestors.

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