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Statuette Ovimbundu (N° 12765)
Ex-Italian African art collection.
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Small figurative sculpture of balanced proportions, devoid of ornaments, except for a headdress composed of a large headband and mats gathered in the neck. A single scarification, soaring, emerges from the nose to the forehead. Meditative and serene physionomy with closed eyelids.
This figure may have been associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory, the hairstyle evoking that, fashioned with oil and red ochre, of young girls nyaneka as a result of the ritual efuko . Beige brown satin skate. It is on the Benguéla plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu, composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. They belong to Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka, Handa, Nkhumbi, and other groups in the Huila region, or Wila. Their statuary in a light wood is relatively limited.
Ref. In: "The tribal art of black Africa" ed. Assouline; " Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.
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