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Zande, Azande mask (N° 19124)

African Zande mask with oblique eyelids, a long nose with linear scarification, and a smiling mouth in the flat of the face. Various motifs, associated with traditional tribal and keloid paintings, embellish the physiognomy. Brown patina locally abraded, residual ochre incrustations.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande, Azandé, came from Chad to settle on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed at his death into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", apart from their court art composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues: Kudu statues between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors. There are also so-called Yanda statues from 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exposed during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani-Yanda society. Those in charge of this association grouped about ten statues on an altar in a hut in the forest.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyZande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height33
Width19
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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