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Ngbaka mask (N° 23002)
Initiation rituals and Ngbaka tribal art.
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Despite the absence of streaks on the nasal bridge, this mask has been identified as coming from the Ngbaka. It is the orbits that offer here a succession of grooves, accentuating the arch of the eyebrows. Unusual also, the perforations of the contours of the mouth. Neat sculpture displaying a smooth, satin, mahogany brown patina. Slight losses and small accidents.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship rendered to the spirits of nature.
Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called " gaza" and trained by ancient initiates, the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Setu and his sister Nabo and are placed on altars for propitiatory rites.
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