Ex-collection African art Switzerland. Zande anthropomorphic figure where we find the triangular face with a copper ring on his right ear. Coffee bean eyes, enlarged arms on a bulging torso. Black brown skate. Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande, Azandé, settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms upon his death into the totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or ", those who own a lot of land", apart from their courtart consisting of spoons, receptre, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues: Kudu statues of a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also statues known as Yanda, 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an atropoic role that were exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani-Yanda society. The leaders of this association gathered a dozen statues on an altar in a hut within the forest.
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