African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Ngbandi
Female figure Ngbandi Ngbirondo (N° 17731)
Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
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Among the many sculpted objects relating to hasse and magic, this stylized protective female statuette could represent the spirit Ngbirondo acting as guardian of the village. Funeral statues were also used, and couple sculptures yangba and sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of Ngbaka. The pointed chin and the scarfication on the ridge of the nose is characteristic of the ethnicity. Thick, dark patina, lumpy and cracked.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people from the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngbandi live to the east (on the left bank of the Oubangui) and the Ngombe to the south. The initiation of young people, 'gaza' or 'ganza' (which gives strength) in the Ngbaka and Ngbandi, has many similarities, through endurance tests, songs and dances. The rites required the presence of sculptures of ancestors. Circumcision and excision were performed after a period of remoteness from the village. The closing ceremony was accompanied by musical instruments such as the linga drum and large slit drums.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, metal, raphia, cuir|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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