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Nana Yakoma Ovimbundu anthropomorphic tobacco pot (N° 14958)
This exceptional sculpted, stylized female figure features a container on the back with metallic sheets on the back. Parallel legs are like tied at the ankles by copper wire. The digitized hands are gathered at the bust, under the breasts of a young girl. In the rectangular volume of the legs evoking a loincloth, a deep orifice has been arranged. Circular facial scarifications can sometimes be found in neighbouring Chokwe and Luena. The character is said to be associated with the mythical ancestor "nana yakoma", guardian of the sacred fire. This type of sculpture was reserved for the exclusive use of chefs. It is on the Benguéla plateau in Angola that the Ovimbudu , Ovimbundu, composed of farmers and herders, have been established for several centuries. They belong to Bantu speakers, such as the Nyaneka, Handa, Nkhumbi, and other groups in the Huila region, or Wila. Their statuary influenced by that of South Africa, carried out in a light wood, is relatively small and especially associated with fertility rites.
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Ref. In: "The tribal art of black Africa" ed. Assouline; " Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.
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