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Ngbaka Mask (N° 17631)

The initiation rituals and African art of the Ngbaka
Tribu installed 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 Chief wan and worship a god named Gal through worship of the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adult life through named rituals gaza- and trained by former insiders, bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Setu and his 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. This large African mask of Ngbaka offers linear incisions on the nose, forehead and chin representing the scarifications used in the ethnic group. The large orbits are raised with ochre. Patina matte, dry, abraded.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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