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Jarre Boa/Mangbetu (N° 19855)

Vase with a neck showing a human head with large ears. Sets of incised motifs decorate the sides, which show female attributes. Brown slip with reddish glints. Abrasions. Related to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa inhabit the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their anthropomorphic figures were undoubtedly used as part of rites charged with combating the witchcraft of the ndoki society. They are known for their mask with oversized ears, perforated like the ear pavilions of the Eastern Boa, the "bavobongo ". It gave an impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. The African art mask kpongadomba of the Boa was ordered by the chief kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in the hut of his wife. Some Boa would have used the masks for educational purposes with children, since the pacification of the Uele region.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyBoa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)terracotta
Height42
Width23
Weight2.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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