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Figure simiesque Zande (N° 18374)
A fine example of a rare zande ritual sculpture, vigorously carved into angular planes, evoking a monkey. The arms are placed against the bust, the straight legs devoid of feet. The eyes, deeply embedded under a prominent forehead, are encrusted with pearls. The top is dug with a wide orifice, probably for therapeutic or magical ingredients. Coin collected in Bafwasende, ex. Zaire. Cracks. Satin dark brown patina.
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The Zande have produced two types of works, the Kudu, between 30 and 50 cm high, represent ancestors, and the statues Yanda 10 to 20 cm, of animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society. Formerly referred to as the name 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 name of their ethnic group means: 'those who own a lot of land', an allusion to their warrior past originating in Sudan. The statuettes Yanda were displayed during divinatory sessions during which the head of the society coated them with dough and blew smoke. The Zandé also used poison oracles in many circumstances, and had a secret language.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Material(s)||wood, metal, perles|
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