Art Deco bronze sculpture Princesse Neginga of the Mangbetu tribe. African beauty. Designed as car mascot or hood ornament. Signed by A. Caron, founders signature, Sardoux. France 1925/1930/
This mascot represents an African beauty Princesse Neginga of the Mangbetu tribe in Zaire in the 1920s. She was chosen as the icon of the Citroën cars at the time of the "Croisière Noire" expedition.
The ”Black Cruise” spanned 28,000 km from Algeria to Madagascar and took more than a year to prepare for.
Citroëns team Haardtand Audouin Dubreuil was the first to cross The Sahara by car In 1924-1925. An ambitious project, that of crossing the African continent with their half-tracks.
The expedition was filmed, photographed and ends in June 1925 after 8 months of travel.