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Ngbandi figure (N° 20585)

Geometric appearance for a statuette suggesting a certain physical vigor, the musculature of the arms and legs being effectively signified. The powerful bust is notched with signs associated with the group's scarifications.
Oiled, golden patina.
Among the many carved objects relating to hunting and magic, this protective female statuette, may represent the Ngbirondo spirit acting as guardian of the village.
Funeral statues were also used, and sculptures of a couple yangba and his sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka.

The Ngbaka are a homogeneous people of northwestern D.R.C., south of the Ubangi. 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 large slit drums.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyNgbandi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height35
Width12
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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