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OviMbundu Janiform Fetish (N° 19303)
A necklace of tubular pearls and discreet scarification parent this Janiforme bust of young woman OviMbundu. Feathers or a horn were probably inserted in the flared headdress. This statue from Angola was associated with female initiation rituals, linked to fertility, or played a role in divinatory ceremonies. A delicate skeleton was skillfully suggested by the sculptor. The modelling of the faces confirms a great artistic mastery.
Satin honey patina revealing the grain of the wood, desiccation cracks.
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It is on the Benguéla Plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu, Ovimbundu and Ovimbundu have been established for several centuries, composed of farmers and herders. Forming the largest ethnic group in Angola, they belong to the Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka, the Handa, the Nkhumbi and other groups from the Huila, or Wila region. Their statuary, made in light wood, is relatively small. Ref : "L'art tribal d'Afrique noire" ed. Assouline ; "Trésors d'Afrique" Musée de Tervuren.
Ref : "L'art tribal d'Afrique noire" ed. Assouline ; "Trésors d'Afrique" Musée de Tervuren.
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