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Ngbaka Mask (N° 17546)
The initiation rituals and African art of the Ngbaka
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This African mask of Ngbaka, of reduced volume, carries linear incisions on the nose indicating scarifications in use in the ethnic group. The eyes and mouth are only simply hollowed out, valuing the wide orbits on which imperceptible kaolin residues are still detectable. Color grooves delineate the face. Semi-mate patina.
Tribu settled 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 men are prepared for adulthood following the named initiation 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 ceremonies of initation and circumcision.