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Statuette Ngbandi / Ngbaka (N° 18776)

Among the many carved objects related to hasse and magic, this protective female statuette could represent the spirit Ngbirondo acting as a guardian of the village. Funerary statues were also used, and sculptures of a couple yangba and their sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka. Characteristics of the Ngbaka and neighboring Ngbandi, facial scarification. The tubular bust is here streaked with striations and graphic signs, while the neck is adorned with a thick cowrie necklace. Short, bent arms frame the body, which is carried by thick, crenellated legs. Beautiful satin black aptine.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people from the northwest of the D.R.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngbandi live in the east (on the left bank of the Oubangui) and the Ngombe in the south. The initiation of young people, "gaza" or "ganza" (which gives strength) among the Ngbaka and the Ngbandi, has many similarities, through endurance tests, songs and dances. The rites required the presence of sculptures of ancestors. Circumcision and excision were practiced after a period of time away from the village. The closing ceremony was accompanied by musical instruments such as the linga drum and large slit drums.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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