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Sculpture Holo (N° 15105)
This sign was intended for the affliction cults nzaambi , also practiced by the Yaka , rituals that allowed to deal with a problem whose divinatory practices had been able to establish the source. While the Holos were likely inspired by Christian iconography, they honored spirits and not a single god. Often intended to promote hunting, fertility or good health, these sculptures had to be ritually encased with different substances by the interested. The frame is regularly engraved with geometric patterns. Beautiful satin brown patina. Scattered abrasions. Located in democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwé of Angola, the small ethnic Holo migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango. Hunting and agriculture provide for their livelihood. Neighbouring ethnic groups, such as the Suku, influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo have produced protective masks and prestige objects such as open panels for the ruling elite. The Holo and Pende , whose boxes are similar, cohabited in Angola before separating in respective directions. The Holo, like the Pende, reproduce their masks in miniature to wear in amulets or pendants. Ref. In: "Africa" Coll. Sargos and "Congo Masks" ed. M.L.Félix; Unrivalled "Art" ed. Julien Volper.
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