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Simian figure Zande (N° 20915)
Rare Zande ritual sculpture, summarily carved in angular planes, with a head that looks like a monkey. The arms are flattened on the bust, the straight legs without feet. The eyes, deeply sunken under a prominent forehead, are encrusted with pearls. The top is hollowed out with an orifice, probably for therapeutic or magical ingredients. This piece was collected by its former owner in Bafwasende in 1974, in the former Zaire. Zaire.
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Cracks, indigenous repairs, dark brown satin patina.
The Zande produced two types of works, the Kudu , between 30 and 50 cm high represent ancestors, and the Yanda statues of 10 to 20 cm, animal or human form, having an apotropaic role, exhibited during divinatory rites during the rituals of the Mani society.
Formerly referred to as "Niam-Niam" because they were considered anthropophagous, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azandé, settled, from Chad, on the border of the D.R.C.(Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of which transforms into the animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs upon his death. The name of their ethnic group means: "those who possess much land", an allusion to their warrior past originating in Sudan. The Yanda statuettes were displayed during divinatory sessions in which the chief of the society would coat them with paste and blow smoke on them. The Zande on the other hand used poison oracles in many circumstances, and had a secret language.
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