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King figure (ndop) made of carved ivory. Figure sits cross-legged on a square platform with a drum(?) in front. His eyes are closed, right hand placed on his knee, and he holds a ceremonial knife in his left hand. He wears a distinctive projecting hoe-shaped headdress with carved decoration around the edge and on the top surface. His regalia includes cane shoulder hoops, cloth plaque covering the buttocks, a wrapped belt that crosses over his abdomen, and a plaited belt. He also wears three bracelets, two arm rings and ear ornaments. The figure is mounted on a wood octagonal base.


Collected by the donor in Kinshasa in 1941.

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