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Collected in the Ngata-Gnombe-Gnala region, this shield is decorated with a geometric face flanked by high semi-circular ears. Divided into broad contrasting bands, it has also been carefully edged with basketry weaving. Abrasions.
In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi River, on the banks of the Lualaba, live the 120,000 Bantu-speaking Ngombe, led by an Elombe chief and warrior society. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and Ngbaka whose statuary has influenced their tribal sculpture, and various Banda groups. Their masks of geometric appearance are used during the rites of the Mani society. They also produce hunting fetishes for protection, and prestigious objects decorated with tapestry nails.