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Zande figurines (N° 16939)

Hermaphrodite sculpted figure whose surprising feature lies in the oversized, elephantic ears. The ridge of the nose soars joins the skull, where it is marked with scarfications on the cob. The cup eyes also give a hypnotic look. The volume of the bust is marked with reliefs. The amplitude of the pelvis and crenellated lower limbs place sex prominently, a symbol of lineage and fertility. Satin patina. Slight cracks. Lack on one of the feet.
Oesocame known as " Niam-Niam " as anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name of 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 . Their statuettes Yanda, exhibited during divinatory sessions, play an apotropaic role.
 

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Originex-collection monégasque
EthnyZande
CountrySoudan
Material(s)wood
Height36
Width13
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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