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Zande fetish statuette (N° 19191)

Ex-collection of Belgian African art.

Small human figure, stocky, without arms, she has a spherical head whose pupils are inlaid with upholstery nails. Deep arched notches form the ears. It is embellished with linear motifs associated with the scarification of the clan and large metal rings. Surface grained, satin finish.
The Zande produced two types of works, the Kudu , between 30 and 50 cm high, representing ancestors, and the Yanda statues between 10 and 20 cm high, of 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 anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande, Azandé, settled in Chad on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed at his death into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. The name of their ethnic group means: "those who own a lot of land", an allusion to their warrior past from Sudan. The statuettes Yanda were exhibited during divinatory sessions during which the chief of the society coated them with paste and blew smoke at them. The Zande, on the other hand, used poison oracles in many circumstances, and had a secret language.  

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Originex-collection Colmant
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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