Lipombo’, the custom of skull elongation, which was a status symbol among the Mangbetu ruling classes at the beginning of the century , evolved into a common ideal of beauty among the peoples of the northeastern Congo.

Lipombo’, the custom of skull elongation, which was a status symbol among the Mangbetu ruling classes at the beginning of the century , evolved into a common ideal of beauty among the peoples of the northeastern Congo.

Skull deformation by the Mangbetus. ´Mrs Nobosodrou, wife of a Mangbetu chief, Belgian Congo. Photographer: Leon Poirier and George Specht during the French Citroen Expedition through Africa, March 1925.

Skull deformation by the Mangbetus. ´Mrs Nobosodrou, wife of a Mangbetu chief, Belgian Congo. Photographer: Leon Poirier and George Specht during the French Citroen Expedition through Africa, March 1925.

" Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté" ( Baudelaire, l'Invitation au voyage. ) / Peuple Ndebele. / Ndebele people. /  Northeastern South Africa.

" Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté" ( Baudelaire, l'Invitation au voyage. ) / Peuple Ndebele. / Ndebele people. / Northeastern South Africa.

Leni Riefenstahl, The last of the Nuba 1976. Leni Riefenstahl documented in the remote valleys of the central Something ab this is very striking to me. Sudan among the Nuba tribe, 1962-1977. Her work has unique anthropological and cultural-historical importance, as the Nuba's way of life approached its end, primarily through the advance of civilization.

Leni Riefenstahl, The last of the Nuba 1976. Leni Riefenstahl documented in the remote valleys of the central Something ab this is very striking to me. Sudan among the Nuba tribe, 1962-1977. Her work has unique anthropological and cultural-historical importance, as the Nuba's way of life approached its end, primarily through the advance of civilization.

Africa | Toubou dancer adorned with jewels.  Zouar, Tibesti region in northern Chad | Postcard image, published by Bourdelon, ca. 1958

Africa | Toubou dancer adorned with jewels. Zouar, Tibesti region in northern Chad | Postcard image, published by Bourdelon, ca. 1958

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