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Ngbaka Mask (N° 19257)

This large African mask of the Ngbaka wears the traditional keloids of the ethnic group. The large mouth is dentate. Polychrome patina, white clay residue. A tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui river, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe, with a distinctive feature however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship of the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adulthood through rituals called "gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues generally 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.  

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OriginEx-collection Timmerman
EthnyNgbaka
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height42
Width23
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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