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Sanza anthropomorphe Zande (N° 19179)

Widespread in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a resonant body taking here the appearance of the bust of a human figure. Metal tongues have been attached to it. The thumbs of both hands will lean on the soundboard to vibrate the front ends of the tongues. Dark satin patina, abrasions.
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 said to be endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed at his death into a totem animal 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 so-called Yanda statues from 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, which were exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani-Yanda . Those in charge of this association grouped about ten statues on an altar in a hut in the forest. Their masks remain however rare.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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