African art > The fetish, this emblematic object of primitive art > Zande fetish
This Zande sculpture, with a vaguely animal appearance, is characterized by its ovoid head, topped with a tuft of feathers, and offering minimalist features framed by large rhombic ears. The bust bears small stylized arms surmounting a protuberant abdomen. Parallel incisions would refer to traditional scarifications.
Grainy reddish-brown, powdery patina, erosions.
African art has two types of Azande statues:
The Kudu statues, which are between 30 and 50 cm high, represent ancestors, and
the Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, in animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered cannibals, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, ...