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Zande figure (N° 22984)

Belgian African art collection.
African art has two types of Azande statues: Kudu statues, with a height of between 30 and 50 cm representing ancestors, and Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, in animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exposed during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society. Stylized, geometric structure for this Yanda figure carried by spread legs. Clear matte patina.
Formerly designated under the name "Niam-Niam" because considered as cannibals, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming 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 which is transformed upon his death into an 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 warlike past originating in Sudan. Yanda statuettes were exhibited during divinatory seances during which the head of the society coated them with paste and blew smoke on them. The Zandé on the other hand used poison oracles in many circumstances, and had a secret language.  

 


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OriginCollection belge CM
EthnyZande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, perles
Height cm14
Width6 cm
Weight0.08 Kg

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