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Zande figurines, Azande (N° 14378)
An anthropomorphic Figure Zande with a triangular face sheltered under a spherical helmet headdress. The profile is marked by a straight nasal ridge emerging under the visor. The arms emerging in the back are huddled close to the body, hands clasped under the chin. They reveal a bust whose bulge widens to short bent legs. Punctures on the ear.
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An interesting, dark, matte patina, cracked, lets perceive red pigments under-yellowing. Lack slack at one of the feet.
Formerly referred to as " 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 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. The African tribal art of the Zande, or ", those who own a lot of land", apart from their courtart consisting of spoons, receptre, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues: Kudu statues of a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also statues known as Yanda, 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an atropoic role that were exhibited during the divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani-Yanda society. The leaders of this association gathered a dozen statues on an altar in a hut within the forest.
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