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Statuette Holo (N° 18038)

This female statuette, dressed in a simple textile loincloth, bears an animal motif carved in round-bump at the top of the head, visibly a mammal, like the masks used by the ethnic group. These figures, which are divided into antelope, bird, monkey, refer to tales or proverbs, and the behaviors of the dancer reflect that of the animal represented. Mate grey brown patina, with abraded areas.
br-Located in the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Chukwe of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture provide for their livelihoods. Neighbouring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo have indeed produced masks and prestigious objects for the ruling elite. The Holo also used statuettes to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including the moon and rainbow. These statues were placed near the houses as protection against lightning. Ref. : " Africa Coll. Sargos; Chokwe and their Bantu Neighbours M.L. Rodrigues de Areia (p.110).  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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