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Zande caryatid stool (N° 13319)

Formerly known as "Niam-Niam" because considered as cannibals, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azande, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs the man would be endowed with two souls, one of which transforms when he dies as an animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. A seated figure supports a circular seat glossed by use. The statue with circled eyes of kaolin has a convex abdomen, and a body with somewhat zoomorphic characteristics. Brass nails emphasize the bust and legs. A wide circular base supports everything. The African tribal art of Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", apart from their art of court composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, marked by the influence Mangbetu, counts two types of statues: The statues Kudu d a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an atropopaïque role that were exhibited during the divination rites during the rituals of the Mani-Yanda society. The leaders 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 Calbanen
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight3.79 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970

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