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Statue Ngbaka / Zande (N° 18896)
A strange half-sphere face is sculpted with parallel grooves representing the braids of the hairstyle and the eyes are hollowed out circularly. An incision marks the mouth. The arms are plated in "V" on the cylindrical bust, the hands with finely digested fingers resting on the abdomen. The lower limbs, spread out and semi-bent, make up an assured attitude to the character.
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The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region in Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.
The Ngbaka form a homogenous people from the northwest of D.R.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngandi live in the east and the Ngombe in the south.
Tribal art ngbaka gave birth to a few statues representing their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto whom they venerate and a very limited number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting.
Ref : "Art of Sub-saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer.
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