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African art - Ga'anda:

The Ga'anda inhabit the border between Cameroon and Nigeria. The best known objects are the terracotta vessels used for funeral rites. Two jars were used; one for the spirit of the deceased, the other for the ancestral spirit of the clan. In this respect, the jars remained in the altar, the Ketn Buuca, for one year. Once this time was up, the spirit of the deceased was released. The offerings nevertheless helped to improve the relationship with the spirits and thus receive their blessings.


Ganda milk jug
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Ganda container

Sober and refined, with thin walls, this ancient container from East Africa was designed by a nomadic people. The latter was particularly decimated by the Islamic slave trade and by recurring internal wars. The groups of populations called "Bantu interlacustres", located between Lake Victoria and the Limpopo river, include the Ganda , Nyoro, Nkole, Soga, Toro, Hima, and the Tutsi of Rwanda and Burundi. Their cultures have similarities, like their artistic production and their objects of daily use. Apart from the prestigious vases created by the potter in the service of the king, named kujona , the Ganda of Uganda also produce containers for daily use, such as this object patinated by use.
Satin patina, abrasions and small accidents.


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