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The Ngbaka are a homogeneous people from the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the center of the Ubangi. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. Farmers, they are part of a group of diverse ethnic groups settled on the left bank of the Ubangui River, in the extreme northwest of Congo. The Ubangian melting pot has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities. African tribal art ngbaka produced a few statues representing their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto, whom they venerated, and a very limited number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting.


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Generally used in pairs, this mask was worn by members of the Wi-Limi society fighting against witchcraft and could be used during circumcision rituals. Distinguished by its large heart-shaped eye sockets, the color of which differs from the rest of the mask, this example has bone eyelids, the strong nose is pierced with a ring, and the narrow mouth is lined with metal teeth. A goatee has been sculpted under the chin.
Satin patina, contour erosions.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, ...


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Initiation rituals and Ngbaka tribal art.
Despite the absence of streaks on the nasal bridge, this mask has been identified as coming from the Ngbaka. It is the orbits that offer here a succession of grooves, accentuating the arch of the eyebrows. Unusual also, the perforations of the contours of the mouth. Neat sculpture displaying a smooth, satin, mahogany brown patina. Slight losses and small accidents.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and ...


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Statuette Ngbaka, Bwaka
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The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. Tribal art has given birth to a few statues depicting their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto that they worship and a very small number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting. The heartside bears the grainy residues of white clay, and the eyes encrusted with cauris seem ajar. An incision is the mouth. The arms are plated in "V" on the cylindrical bust, the hands joining above the sex. ...


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Ngbaka figure
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Firmly established on wide feet, this female figure places the tips of her fingers on a bulbous abdomen. The triangular face, where large heart-shaped globes are housed, has scarifications represented by notches and concentric holes. An unusual singularity lies in the detail of a cord crossing the jaw. This statuette was probably used in fertility or therapeutic rites.
Patina consisting of grainy ocher deposits. Erosions and cracks.

br>Agriculturists, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, in the far north-west of the Congo. Their artistic creations, which are very diverse but include few masks, were inspired by those of neighboring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called "gaza" and ...


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Statue Ngbaka
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The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities. This primitive sculpture, on which the herminette strokes appear, was indicated to us as belonging to the Ngbaka . It is distinguished by a voluminous head in which the bulging forehead gives birth to a braided hairstyle pulled backwards. The look is just suggested by a linear recess between two circular samples marking the ears. Nostrils are dug under the large nasal volume dominating a thin horizontal mouth, conferring a determined appearance. Reduced arms, placed against the bust, emphasize the volume of the abdomen. This ancient statuette could be associated with fertility and fertility. The dark brown patina with a satin feel, lustrous by oil anointings, is locally abraded. Desication cracks.


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Sickle Ngbaka
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In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi River,live the 6000 Moswea-Ngombe Bantu-speaking people. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka and various banda groups. They knew no god but expected favors from their ancestors, among them health and prosperity. Their throwing knives and parade weapons used for hunting were used as currency. This sickle knife with a copper ribbon handle has a blade incised with geometric patterns. Height on base: 48 cm. In Africa, before the colonial period, payments were never made in coins. Transactions were made with cowries, beads, cattle, kola nuts, but also metals, especially iron. These primitive currencies were used for commercial and social exchanges, particularly for dowries, but could also be used as parade objects or throwing weapons. In ...


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Ngbaka statuette, Bwaka
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The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka. The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of northwestern D.R.C., south of the Ubangui River. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. Tribal art ngbaka has produced a few statues representing their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto whom they worship and a very limited number of masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting. The hollowed out pupils were generally inlaid with beads or metal. The bust here adopts a stylized form, with the arms forming a rhombus on the abdomen. ...


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The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region of Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka.The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people of the north-west of the R.D.C., south of Ubangui. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south. The African tribal art 'a target''blank' rel'nofollow' href-"http://www.ngbaka.ugent.be/beliefs"-ngbaka has given birth to some statues depicting their mythical heroes Nabo and Seto that they revere and a very number restricted masks. Zoomorphic figures were used for hunting.
The heart is coated with burgundy pigments. A fine incision is made in the mouth at the ridge of the chin. ...


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Female figure Ngbaka
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The Ngbaka in African art.

Farmers, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups located on the left bank of Ubangui, in the extreme northwest of Congo. Their artistic achievements, very diverse but with few masks, were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called "gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Sèto and his sister-wife Nabo , or the god Gàlè guarantor of fertility. They are placed on altars for rites href-http://www.ngbaka.ugent.be/beliefs'-propitiatory.
The character is wearing circular braids, forming like a cap hanging high above the ears. The eye sockets are dug into almonds at the center of which coffee bean eyelids ...


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Ngbaka statue
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A cowrie-encrusted eye, metal ornaments, and a crested headdress adorn this female figure. This statue likely represents Nabo , a spirit providing fertility and healing for children, protecting hunting and crops. Most households worshipped this type of sculpture. It was also at the center of cult dances, accompanied or not by a figure embodying Seto .
Dark patina with garnet highlights.
Tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, in northwestern Congo,the Ngbaka of Sudanese language practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of neighboring tribes , with a distinctive feature however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called " gaza" and trained by ancient ...


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Ngbaka mask
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Initiation rituals and Ngbaka tribal art. A thick, shallow surface bears features and cheeks in slight relief on a relatively flat face. Crosshatched lips indicate dentition, parallel lines traditional keloid scars. Velvety brown patina. Height on base : 44 cm. A tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring Ngbandi and Ngombe tribes, with one distinctive feature, however, the line of the forehead dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship of nature spirits. Young people are prepared for adulthood through rituals called " gaza" and trained by ancient ...


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This African mask of initiation of Ngbaka , of reduced volume, carries linear incisions running on the nasal ridge, repeating vertically on the forehead. They are associated with ritual marks, scarifications used in the ethnic group. The mouth forms a rectangular gap, and the eyes, simple circular orifices, create a hallucinated facies. Grainy remnants of white clay remain around the eyes. Skate particularly satin and abraded by use.
Tribu located on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the leader wan ...


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Statue Ngbaka / Zande
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A strange half-sphere face is sculpted with parallel grooves representing the braids of the hairstyle and the eyes are hollowed out circularly. An incision marks the mouth. The arms are plated in "V" on the cylindrical bust, the hands with finely digested fingers resting on the abdomen. The lower limbs, spread out and semi-bent, make up an assured attitude to the character.
The Ubangian crucible has produced many statuettes that share certain similarities, such as a heart-shaped face, as in the Ogooué River region in Gabon. Some authors (Celenko 1983) have attributed this type of work to the Zande living north of the Ngbaka. The Ngbaka form a homogenous ...


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The initiation rituals and African art of the Ngbaka
Tribu installed on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature, however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of Chief wan and worship a god named Gal through worship of the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adult life through named rituals gaza- and trained by former insiders, bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Setu and his sister Nabo and are installed on altars for propitiatory rites. The Ngbaka also produced musical instruments that punctuated the closing ...


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Statuette Nabo des Ngbaka
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The Ngbaka in African art.
Ported by rounded lower limbs, this small statuette featuring Nabo features a scarified bulbous abdomen and a small chest placed high. This ancestor figure is made up of a scarified face, a circular hairstyle, and a concentrated countenance marked by determination. Dark patina abraded. Missing on one leg.
bred farmers, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups based on the left bank of the Ubangui River in the far north-west of Congo. Their artistic achievements, very diverse but with few masks, were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through named rituals gaza- and trained by former insiders, bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Seto and his sister-wife Nabo , ...


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The initiation rituals and African art of the Ngbaka
Tribu located on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes Ngbandi and I Ngombe , with a distinctive feature however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the leader wan and venerate a god named Gale through the worship rendered to the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called " gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Setu and its sister Nabo and are installed on altars for propitiatory rites. The Ngbaka also produced musical instruments ...


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Female statuette Ngbaka Nabo
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The Ngbaka in African art.

Farmers, they are part of a group of various ethnic groups located on the left bank of Ubangui, in the extreme northwest of Congo. Their artistic achievements, very diverse but with few masks, were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals called "gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Sèto and his sister-wife Nabo , or the god Gàlè guarantor of fertility. They are placed on altars for rites 'a target' _blank' href'http://www.ngbaka.ugent.be/beliefs'-propitiatory.
Abeland on short legs apart, the figure with the column bust has arms equally separated from the body. The prominent tenon umbilical evokes lineage, ...

Statuette Ngbaka
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The eyes of this African statuette sculpted by the Ngbaka or the neighbouring Ngbandi were originally encrusted with fragments of seashells or glass. This statuette probably represents Nabo , a spirit that ensures the fertility and healing of children, protecting hunting and harvesting. She was also at the center of cult dances, accompanied or not by a figure embodying Seto . Missing on one foot. Velvet brown patina, nuanced with red ochre.
Tribu located on the left bank of Ubangui, in northwestern Congo, the Sudanese-speaking Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes, with a distinctive feature however, the line of the front dotted with linear keloids. Young people are prepared for adult life through rituals ...


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