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Magic Assemblage with chimpanzee skull.
19th-20th c African (Central) Kongo Sculpture

KONGO PEOPLES Anonymous (aka Bakongo Anonymous) (active 13th c - present) Primary
c. 1850-1950
19th-20th c
Skull; cane
Assembled
Kongo
Power figure
Republic of the Congo.
Houston. Museum of Fine Arts.
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The spirits of the powerful animals of the jungle could be summoned with magical assemblages like this, which combined a chimpanzee skull and cane into a mysterious whole. Europeans were to be fascinated with the power of such constructions to evoke very deep feelings that have no rational explanation but that get us in touch with our unconscious emotions.

Caption: KONGO PEOPLES Anonymous | Magic Assemblage with chimpanzee skull. | c. 1850-1950 | Central African | Kongo
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