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Zande Neck Support Box, Azande / Mangbetu (N° 17733)

Formerly referred to as the name 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. Frequent contact with their neighbors Mangbetu, through incessant conflicts, has caused the permeability of culture and rites. This box is decorated with figurative motifs reminiscent of the elongated hairstyles of the Mangbetu, the presence of the figures of ancestors on the lid forming headrest is intended to protect the sleeper. Without its lid the hollowed-out object forms box. Golden brown oiled patina. Light abrasions.
As beliefs man would be endowed with two souls, one of whom, upon his death, 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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Originex-collection Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight2.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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