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date: 16 July 2020

Bondjo [ekungu, bongo]locked

  • Ferdinand J. de Hen


[ekungu, bongo]

Side-blown ivory horn of the Konda people of the northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It retains the natural pointed tip of the tusk and therefore has no fingerhole. Sometimes it is made in two parts: the upper of ivory and the lower (wider) of wood, the joint rendered airtight by a sleeve of goatskin (formerly human skin). Its use is reserved for chiefs, whose power it represents, and only they may own and blow it or empower another to blow it on their behalf....

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