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Ngala Statue (N° 24354)

This type of figure originally forming a couple refers to the mythical ancestors of the Ngala. Overcoming the bent legs, the bust tilts to the side, surrounded by long arms whose hands come to rest on the lower abdomen. The cowrie-encrusted eyes seem half-open.
Glossy dark patina, matte colored pigments. Desication cracks.
Ngala applied statuary bears the influence of groups from the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, such as the Ngombe and the Ngbandi. Probably from Sudan, The Ngala settled on the shores of Zaire. Savvy traders, they also distinguished themselves through the art of forging and the production of metal weapons and coins. Their nyanga traditional doctors provide magical charms to promote hunting and fertility. Figurative carvings related to mythical ancestors are used in cults similar to the yanda, with the large statues forming the clan emblems. Their musical instruments, also very diverse, are often anthropomorphic.
From "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm41
Width13 cm
Weight1.15 Kg

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