Belgian African art collection.
Sculpture integrating the wide variety of objects of the Yanda cult whose inventive composition is declined in characters placed back to back forming a hybrid being of supernatural aspect. Brown oily patina, grainy residue.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered cannibals, the tribes grouped together under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the D.R.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed upon his death into an animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the beginning of the 20th century, the Mani, exalting the importance of women. Their Yanda statuettes, exhibited during divinatory seances during which the head of the society smeared them with paste and blew smoke on them, take on an apotropaic role. They also used poison oracles in many circumstances.
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