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Zande figure (N° 19987)

A sharp profile, a long, barely bulging bust, and angular legs ending in points: this statuette integrates the great variety of styles of sculptures dedicated to the Yanda cult. Bright, brown patina with mahogany highlights. Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the D.R.C.(Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs upon his death. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the early 20th century, the Mani, exalting the importance of women. Their Yanda statuettes, exhibited during divinatory sessions in which the leader of the society coated them with paste and blew smoke on them, have an apotropaic role. They also used poison oracles in many circumstances.  

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia, metal
Height cm31
Width7 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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