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Ngbaka/Togbo prestige horn (N° 16784)
An ovoid head with large concave orbits surmounts this proboscis encrusted with metal strips. A chameleon motif, in relief, emerges on the wall.
Among the aerophones, originally carved from antelope horns or the ivory of elephant trunks, this type of side-mouthed trunk was used to produce coded sounds for the purpose of communication within the group, in a context of hunting, rituals around hunting, or to play music supposed to please ancestral spirits during funeral ceremonies.
The Ngala, Ngbaka, and neighboring groups produced various musical instruments with human-inspired motifs.
Black patina, glossy, erosion and cracks.
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Coming from the Banda group, the Togbo originally immigrated from the Lake Chad region to the territories of Ubangi. They rubbed shoulders with the Ngbaka and the Ngombe , shared the habits and customs of different Banda clans, but were above all marked by the influence populations of the Central African Republic (CAR). Besides the ancestors, they fear the spirits of nature and practice divination in an attempt to improve their destiny. Among their various ritual sculptures, the zukoro statuettes intervened during reconciliations after a crime and were placed on altars where they were the object of libations. Couples of protective statuettes of very variable appearance, also for therapeutic use, formed a pair called Yasangbanga .
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