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African art - Azande:

The Azande, plural of Zande, are found in the DRC, but also in southern Sudan and Central Africa. The Zande cult is mainly inspired by magic and witchcraft. Zande statuary is represented either by the Kudu, which represent the ancestors, or the Yanda, which are used during oracles and have an anti-paic role. These figures were used by the members of a secret society, now disappeared, called "Mani", which was nothing other than a political counter-power.


Zande figurine
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African art among the Zande.
Very expressionist janiform statuette, with deformed limbs and endowed with a face reproducing the masks of the group. The head has an opening for fetish or therapeutic materials.
Brown satin patina.
Desication cracks, erosions.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered cannibals, the tribes grouped together under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. The Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", use two types of statues: Kudu statues with a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also so-called Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, in animal or human form, having an apotropaic role which were exhibited during ...


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Figure féminine Zande
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This type of figure, usually forming a female male couple, and which did not include the category of yandas , probably embodied ancestors. The gilded wood is encrusted with a dark coating whose particles have clumped into the hollows. Beautiful glossy patina. Erosion of a foot.
odies referred to as Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande, Azandé, settled 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 whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or those who own a lot of land, apart from their court art consisting of spoons, receptable pipes and harps, counts two types of ...


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Zande ancestor couple
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Belgian African art collection.
Formerly known as " Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), 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 transforms upon his death into the totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or ", those who own a lot of land", apart from their courtart consisting of spoons, receptre, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues: Kudu statues of a height between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also statues called Yanda 10 to 20 cm, animal or human form, having an ...


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Statue janiforme Zande
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The African art of the Ubangian tribes
Stylized tribal figure whose lower limbs are bent into rafters, image of the "ressort" which could be an allusion to the leaps of dance of the possessed of the mani-Yanda. One of the faces of the statue has a bust divided into two pyramidal volumes, the back is flat, evoking an image of complementarity. Loops are suggested by brass threads that bind the ears. Formerly referred to as " Niam-Niam because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), the Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms upon his death into the totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The ...


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