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Ngbaka mask (N° 20764)
Initiation rituals and Ngbaka tribal art.
A thick, shallow surface bears features and cheeks in slight relief on a relatively flat face. Crosshatched lips indicate dentition, parallel lines traditional keloid scars.
Velvety brown patina.
Height on base : 44 cm.
A tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring Ngbandi and Ngombe tribes, with one distinctive feature, however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship of nature spirits.
Young people are prepared for adulthood through rituals called " gaza" and trained by ancient initiates , the 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.
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