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Ngombe Statuette (N° 23729)
Focused on short semi-flexed legs, arms spread away from the bust accompanying the slight flexion, this small character offers the traditional keloids of the Ngombe and Ngala clans. The discreet incision placed in the lower arc of the face to represent the mouth gives a certain softness to the physiognomy.
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Formerly designated under the name "Niam-Niam" because considered as cannibals, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which is transformed upon his death into an animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. The name of their ethnic group means: "those who own a lot of land", an allusion to their warlike past originating in Sudan. The Yanda statuettes were exhibited in divinatory seances during which the head of the society smeared them with paste and blew smoke on them.
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