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Zande ancestor figure (N° 18005)
The Zande mainly produced two types of works, the Kudu, between 30 and 50 cm high, representing ancestors, and the statues Yanda 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani. This male figure, with reduced arms and muscular, offers a tubular bust and stocky, rounded lower limbs. The face is characteristic of statues of ancestors not belonging to the categories mentioned above. Oiled black patina. Fine crack on the head.
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odies referred to as Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The name of their ethnic group means: 'those who own a lot of land', an allusion to their warrior past originating in Sudan. The statuettes Yanda were displayed during divinatory sessions during which the head of the society coated them with dough and blew smoke. The Zandé also used poison oracles in many circumstances, and had a secret language.
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