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Manja figure (N° 23329)

Small figure with a heart-shaped face crossed by a long nasal bridge framed by button eyes. The hunchbacked torso includes growths representing arms, specific to the sculpture of the Ubangi region. The functions of these statuettes are comparable to those of the Ngbaka of the Mani-Yanda society, within the framework of therapeutic rites or in preparation before the hunts. Brown patina with reddish encrustations. Lack, abrasions.
The banda group, Mbanza, Mabanja, or Banza, made up of about fifty sub-groups, dispersed in Sudan, southern Chad, the Central African Republic, and the North-West of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has various initiatory associations dedicated to spirits and uses sculptures. Banda sculptural traditions have influenced the ethnic groups of Ubangui, Zande, Ngbandi, Ngbaka....
Ref. : "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" ​​C. Mullen Kreamer.; "Ubangi"JL Grootaers, Mercator Fund.  

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OriginEx-collection Colmant
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm23
Width8 cm
Weight0.40 Kg

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