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Holo Induction Statuette (N° 19892)
In the Kwilu-Kwango region, several groups, some from Angola, were subjected to the influence of the Kongo Kingdom. The sculpture of the Holos is thus particularly marked by that of its many neighbors, including the Yakas. The enthronement statuettes were used during rites of passage, during which young girls were sometimes carried or to honor chiefs. Dark patina, glossy, cracks of desiccation.
Located in the Democratic Republic of Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwe of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture ensure their subsistence. Neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo produced helmet masks and prestige objects for the ruling elite. The Holo also used statuettes to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including the moon and rainbow. These statues were placed near the houses as protection against lightning.
Ref : "Africa" Coll. Sargos; "Chokwe and their Bantu Neighbours" M.L. Rodrigues de Areia (p.110); "M.L. Félix "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture".
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