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Pottery Zande (N° 19142)

Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
Vase whose neck features a human head with large pierced ears. A double frieze of geometrical patterns is printed on the sides.
Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , came from Chad to settle on the border of the D.R.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed upon his death into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", apart from their court art composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues : Kudu statues between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors. There are also statues called Yanda from 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role which were exposed during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani-Yanda society. The persons in charge of this association gathered about ten statues on an altar in a hut in the forest. (African Art, Kerchache).  

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Originex-collection italienne
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm37
Width20 cm
Weight3.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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