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Female figure OviMbundu Nyaneka (N° 19753)
Adorned with tin bracelets, earrings and anklets, multiple necklaces of tubular beads, this slender figure of a young OviMbundu woman rises, imbued with dignity. Devoid of scarification marks, the body is represented naked. This type of sculpture could have been associated with female initiation rituals, fertility, or divinatory rites, the hairstyle evoking that , fashioned with oil and red ochre, of young girls nyaneka following the efuko ritual.
Orange-brown oiled patina, desiccation cracks.
It is on the Benguela plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu , composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. Forming the largest ethnic group in Angola, they belong to the Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka , Handa , Nkhumbi , and other groups of the Huila region, or Wila. Their statuary made in light wood is relatively small.
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Ref: "L'art tribal d'Afrique noire" ed. Assouline; "Trésors d'Afrique" Musée de Tervuren.
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