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Ngbaka statuette, Bwaka (N° 21250)
The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of northwestern D.R.C., south of the Ubangui River. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south.
Tribal art ngbaka has produced a few statues representing their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto whom they worship and a very limited number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting.
The hollowed out pupils were generally inlaid with beads or metal. The bust here adopts a stylized form, with the arms forming a rhombus on the abdomen. Short notched jmabes support the whole.
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Velvety brown patina, abrasions.
Ref : "Art of Sub-saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer.
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