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Ngbaka Mask (N° 14876)
This African mask of initiation of Ngbaka , of reduced volume, carries linear incisions running on the nasal ridge, repeating vertically on the forehead. They are associated with ritual marks, scarifications used in the ethnic group. The mouth forms a rectangular gap, and the eyes, simple circular orifices, create a hallucinated facies. Grainy remnants of white clay remain around the eyes. Skate particularly satin and abraded by use.
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Tribu located on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the leader wan and venerate a god named Gale through the worship rendered to the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called " gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Setu and its sister Nabo and are installed on altars for propitiatory rites. The Ngbaka also produced musical instruments that punctuated the closing ceremonies of initation and circumcision.
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