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Ngala/Ngbandi ancestor figure (N° 16755)
Ngala statuary bears the influence of groups from the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, such as the Ngombe and the Ngbandi. Probably originating from Sudan, the Ngala settled on the shores of Zaire. Wise traders, they also became famous for the art of blacksmithing and the production of weapons and metal coins. Their traditionalist nyanga doctors provided magical charms to promote hunting and fertility. Figurative sculptures related to mythical ancestors are used in cults similar to the yanda, with large statues forming clan emblems. Their musical instruments, also very diverse, are often anthropomorphic.
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A balanced morphology composed of linear planes for this statuette represented in a rectilinear posture. The whole could skillfully indicate vigor and courage. His face bears the cheloid mark characteristic of the region. Metal jewels and a belt of seeds, indicating the status of the character, emphasize the volumes. Black oiled patina.
From "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.
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