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Ngbaka figure (N° 22596)

Firmly established on wide feet, this female figure places the tips of her fingers on a bulbous abdomen. The triangular face, where large heart-shaped globes are housed, has scarifications represented by notches and concentric holes. An unusual singularity lies in the detail of a cord crossing the jaw. This statuette was probably used in fertility or therapeutic rites.
Patina consisting of grainy ocher deposits. Erosions and cracks.

br>Agriculturists, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, in the far north-west of the Congo. Their artistic creations, which are very diverse but include few masks, were inspired by those of neighboring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called "gaza" and trained by ancient initiates, the bugaza. Their statues generally represent the primordial ancestors Sèto and his sister-wife Nabo, or the god Gàlè who guarantees fertility. They are placed on altars for propitiatory rites.
 

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyNgbaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm29
Width7 cm
Weight0.61 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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