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OviMbundu statue (N° 23510)
Sculpture of a young OviMbundu woman devoid of scarified marks, the body is naked, erect frontally, arms apart from the bust. This type of African statue could have been associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory rites. The opulent headdress evokes that, fashioned with oil and red ochre, of young nyaneka girls following the efuko ritual.
Semi-matte warm patina, desiccation cracks.
It is on the Benguela plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu, Ovimbundu, have been established for several centuries, made up of farmers and breeders. Forming the largest ethnic group in Angola, they belong to Bantu speakers, such as Nyaneka, Handa, Nkhumbi, and other groups from the region of Huila, or Wila. Their statuary made in light wood is relatively limited.
Ref. : "Black African tribal art" ed. Assouline; "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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