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Banda statue (N° 22452)
Three rectangular excrescences rise from the top of this sculpture treated in flat and globular volumes, featuring a character flanked by surrealist attributes.
Velvety patina, erosions.
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The banda group, made up of about fifty sub-groups, has dispersed in Sudan, southern Chad, the Central African Republic, and the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has various initiatory associations dedicated to spirits and uses sculptures. Banda sculptural traditions have influenced the ethnic groups of Ubangui, Zande, Ngbandi, Ngbaka... Like the Ngbaka, sculpted effigies representing a couple, Seto and Nabo, intervene during the worship dedicated to the ancestors. Statues named Bekimi are associated with therapeutic rites, while "himbia" sculptures are believed to protect and promote hunting.
Ref. : "100 people of zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Felix.
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