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Zombo fetish statuette (N° 16725)

Neighbouring the Yaka and Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their soothsayers use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, but the ceremonies associated with initatiatic rites stem from yaka traditions. Fetish sculptures are used by the ngangas to protect against evil fate, heal or provoke luck, wealth and fertility.
Little anthropomorphic figure depicted wearing a European-style hat, she appears to be wearing a vest on which her hands rest. The wide orbits recall the yaka statuary but also chokwe, the latter living further south.
Brown patina, apparent veining, traces of indigo ritual anointings.  

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Originex-collection belge
Height cm28
Width10 cm
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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