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Zande Vungara Jet Knife (N° 17840)

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This knife with double-edged blades is fitted with a handle sheathed with animal fur, more precisely. A weapon of combat and prestige, it could also form an accessory appreciated during danced ritual ceremonies.
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 statues: The Kudu statues of a height of between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also statues called Yanda of 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role that were exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the society Mani-Yanda . The leaders of this association gathered a dozen statues on an altar in a hut in the forest. However, their masks remain rare.  

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Origincollection belge Lenoir
EthnyZande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)metal, fourrure
Height47
Width39
Weight0.57 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx° acquit en 1970 galerie bruxelles
Socle includedYes

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