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Ovimbundu maternity figure (N° 20522)

Sculpture featuring a young OviMbundu woman whose child is sucking on her breast. The face without eyes, whose forehead bears a single arabesque scarification, is hollowed out into a heart. As for the hairstyle, it evokes the one, fashioned with oil and red ochre, of young girls nyaneka following the efuko ritual.
This type of sculpture may have been associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory rites.
Oiled patina with orange highlights, desiccation cracks.
. It is on the Benguéla plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu , composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. Forming the largest ethnic group in Angola, they belong to the Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka , Handa , Nkhumbi , and other groups of the Huila region, or Wila. Their statuary made in light wood is relatively small.
Ref: "L'art tribal d'Afrique noire" ed. Assouline; "Trésors d'Afrique" Musée de Tervuren.

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OriginEx-collection Caldwell - USA
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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