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Zande Nazeze statuette of the Mani-yanda cult (N° 17632)
A bulging bust with no arms, short legs under the hip ring, and a small triangular head adorned with earrings. These form with pearl necklaces the only accessories dressing our fetish. Despite the simplicity of the features, the face is surprisingly expressive.
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GrayedPatine. Shard on one foot.
odies referred to as Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled from Chad on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the beginning of the 20th century, the Mani, extolling the importance of women. Their statuettes Yanda, exhibited during divinatory sessions in which the head of society coated them with paste and blew smoke, play an apotropaic role. They also used poison oracles in many circumstances.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, perles|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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