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Couple of Ngbandi statues (N° 20431)

Among the Ngbandi, funerary statues were used, and sculptures of a couple yangba and his sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka.

Arranged on altars, they received daily offerings and prayers.

Dark glossy patina. Rehauts of kaolin. Desiccation cracks.
The Ngbaka are a homogeneous people of northwestern D.R.C., south of the Ubangui River. The Ngbandi live in the east ( on the left bank of the Ubangi) and the Ngombe in the south. The initiation of youth, "gaza" or "ganza" (which gives strength) among the Ngbaka and Ngbandi, has many similarities, through endurance tests, songs and dances. The rites required the presence of sculptures of ancestors. It was after a period of time away from the village that circumcision and excision were performed. The closing ceremony was accompanied by musical instruments such as the linga drum and the large slit drums.
Litt. "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginEx-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyNgbandi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height49
Width13
Weight2.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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