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Figures Zande Mani-Yanda (N° 17176)
This Yanda sculpture consists of a tubular bust on which the arms form an angular relief. The widely spread legs rest on cylindrical feet. The head, extravagant, where the features pierce in the center of a braided hairstyle, gives all its character to this type of statuette.
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African art counts two types of Azande statues: The statues Kudu, between 30 and 50 cm high, represent ancestors, and statues Yanda 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani . Formerly referred to as the name Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The name of their ethnic group means: 'those who own a lot of land', an allusion to their warrior past originating in Sudan. The statuettes Yanda were displayed during divinatory sessions during which the head of the society coated them with dough and blew smoke. The Zandé also used poison oracles in many circumstances, and had a secret language.
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