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Bandja figure (N° 21852)
Graphic face formed by vertical sections divided by the nasal bridge. The rounded back encompasses the arms that run along the bust, a specificity of the ubanguienne region. The functions of these statuettes are comparable to those of the Ngbaka of the Mani-Yanda society, within the framework of therapeutic rites or in preparation before the hunts. Golden brown satin patina. Desication crack on the face.
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The banda group, Mbanza, Mabanja, or Banza, made up of about fifty sub-groups, dispersed in Sudan, southern Chad, the Central African Republic, and the North-West of the Democratic Republic of the 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....
Ref. : "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer.; "Ubangi"JL Grootaers, Mercator Fund.