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Head Ngbandi Ngbirondo (N° 19754)
Ex-collection African tribal art American.
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.This fine-featured head is thought to have come from a carved Ngbirondo figure embodying a family ancestor. Funerary statues were also used by the Ngbandi, and sculptures of a couple yangba and his sister, equivalent to the Seto and Nabo ancestors of the Ngbaka.
The pointed chin and scarification on the bridge of the nose are characteristic of the ethnic group. Dense black patina, numerous erosions.
Height on base: 41 cm.
The Ngbaka form a homogeneous people from the northwest of the D.R.C., south of the Ubangui. The Ngbandi live in the east ( on the left bank of the Ubangi) and the Ngombe in the south. The initiation of youth, "gaza" or "ganza" (which gives strength) among the Ngbaka and Ngbandi, has many similarities, through endurance tests, songs and dances. The rites required the presence of sculptures of ancestors. It was after a period of time away from the village that circumcision and excision were performed. The closing ceremony was accompanied by musical instruments such as the linga drum and large slit drums.
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|Origin||Ex-collection E. Caldwell - USA|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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