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Sculpture dedicated to the cults of affliction nzaambi, also practiced by the Yaka, rituals intended for the difficulties whose divinatory practices had been able to establish the source. If the Holo were probably inspired by Christian iconography, they honored spirits and not a single god. Often intended to promote hunting, fertility or good health, these sculptures had to be ritually coated by the person concerned with different substances.
Orange-brown patina. Erosions and small accidents.
Height on base: 32 cm.
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Located in the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwé of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango. The Holo produced helm masks and prestige items such as openwork panels for the ruling elite.
The Holo and the Pende , whose huts are similar, lived together in Angola before separating towards respective directions. The Holo, like the Pende, reproduce their masks in miniature to wear as amulets or pendants.
Ref. : "Africa" Coll. Sargos and "Congo Masks" ed. M.L. Felix; "Unparalleled Art" ed. Julian Volper.
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