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Togbo statue (N° 23153)
Sculpture offering, between ample circular ears, a concave face divided by an imposing nose. The eyes are engraved in button, a wide mouth is incised with teeth. The stretched bust bears parallel "v" markings of Ngombe origin.
Smooth mahogany patina, erosions.
Descended from the Banda group, the Togbo originally immigrated from the Lake Chad region to the Ubangi territories. They rubbed shoulders with the Ngbaka and the Ngombe , shared the habits and customs of different Banda clans, but were above all marked by the influence populations of the Central African Republic (CAR). Besides the ancestors, they fear the spirits of nature and practice divination in an attempt to improve their destiny. Among their various ritual sculptures, the zukoro statuettes intervened during reconciliations after a crime and were placed on altars where they were the object of libations. Couples of protective statuettes of very variable appearance, also for therapeutic use, formed a pair called Yasangbanga.
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