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Statuette Ngbaka, Bwaka (N° 14549)

The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. The African tribal art 'a target''blank' rel'nofollow' href-""-ngbaka has given birth to some statues depicting their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto that they revere and a very number restricted masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting.
The heart is coated with burgundy pigments. A fine incision is made in the mouth at the ridge of the chin. Short arms, slightly apart from the bust, are revealed by digitized hands. The lower limbs form a wider, notched volume, where gnawed feet are absent.
Brown patina with carmy, sainy reflections.
Ref.: "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer.  

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Originex-collection allemande
Weight0.88 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1940
Socle includedYes

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