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Zande figurines, Azande (N° 16641)
Minimalist volumes highlight a simple cylindrical trunk supported by a wider ring. The legs reduced, apart, support the whole. Great sobriety for the face in which develop two high cavities encompassing the pierced ears and jaw, and where a mouth suggesting restraint.
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Patine polished by use, erosions, slight desication cracks.
Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam Because considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of r.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms upon his death into the totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. Their sculptures have been linked to their secret society since the beginning of the 20th century, the Mani, extolling the importance of women. Their statuettes Yanda, displayed during divinatory sessions in which the head of society coated them with pulp and blew smoke at them, play an apotropaic role. They also used poison oracles in many circumstances.
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