Sculpted with two superimposed heads, separated by prisms engraved with linear patterns, this prestige holo stick is coated with a nuanced, shiny brown patina.
In the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwé of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture ensure their subsistence. The neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo indeed produced helmet masks and prestige items for the ruling elite.
The Holo used sculptures to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including that of the moon and the rainbow. These statues were placed near dwellings as protection against lightning. Besides the royal biombo figures, the Holos have ritual statues named mvunzi.
Ref. : "Africa" Coll. Sargos
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