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Female figure Ngbaka (N° 20560)

A cowrie-encrusted eye, metal ornaments, and a crested headdress adorn this female figure. This statue likely represents Nabo , a spirit providing fertility and healing for children, protecting hunting and crops. Most households worshipped this type of sculpture. It was also at the center of cult dances, accompanied or not by a figure embodying Seto .
Dark patina with garnet highlights.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, in northwestern Congo,the Ngbaka of Sudanese language practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of neighboring tribes , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called " gaza" and trained by ancient initiates , the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors , Seto and his sister Nabo, and are installed on altars for propitiatory rites. They also produced objects of daily use and musical instruments of anthropomorphic character.  

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OriginEx-collection allemande
EthnyNgbaka
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, cauris, metal
Height56
Width14
Weight1.95 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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