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Boa figurines (N° 17993)

Close to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their anthropomorphic figures were probably used in rituals to combat the witchcraft of ndoki society . A certain assurance emanates from the attitude of this character firmly established on his legs apart. The dorsal rib extends to a tip buttock. The treatment of the limbs, in crenellation, is sometimes also found in the statuary of the neighbouring Ubangi region. Black brown patina with mahogany highlights, matte residual inlays. White pigments. Erosion on the inner part of a leg.

They are known for their masks with oversized ears, perforated as the pavilions of the ears of the eastern Boa, the bavobongo. It gave an impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. The African art mask kpongadomba des Boa was commissioned by chief kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut. Some Boa have reportedly used the masks for educational purposes with children, since the pacification of the Uele region  

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Originex-collection allemande
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height cm36
Width9 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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