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Statuette Ngbaka, Bwaka (N° 16661)

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. Tribal art has given birth to a few statues depicting their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto that they worship and a very small number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting. The heartside bears the grainy residues of white clay, and the eyes encrusted with cauris seem ajar. An incision is the mouth. The arms are plated in "V" on the cylindrical bust, the hands joining above the sex. The massive, spread and semi-flexed lower limbs make up an assured attitude to the character.
br-Patine polished, abraded, missing on one foot. Tiny cracks.
Ref.: "Art of Sub-Saharan Africa" C. Mullen Kreamer.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyNgbaka
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, cauris
Height cm40
Width9 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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