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The Ngbaka are a homogenous people in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the center of Ubangui. The Ngandi live to the east and the Ngombe to the south.


Ngbaka/Togbo prestige horn
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An ovoid head with large concave orbits surmounts this proboscis encrusted with metal strips. A chameleon motif, in relief, emerges on the wall. Among the aerophones, originally carved from antelope horns or the ivory of elephant trunks, this type of side-mouthed trunk was used to produce coded sounds for the purpose of communication within the group, in a context of hunting, rituals around hunting, or to play music supposed to please ancestral spirits during funeral ceremonies. The Ngala, Ngbaka, and neighboring groups produced various musical instruments with human-inspired motifs. Black patina, glossy, erosion and cracks.
Coming from the Banda group, the Togbo originally immigrated from the Lake Chad region to the territories of Ubangi. They rubbed shoulders with the ...


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Ngbaka Mask
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This large African mask of the Ngbaka wears the traditional keloids of the ethnic group. The large mouth is dentate. Polychrome patina, white clay residue. A tribe settled on the left bank of the Ubangui river, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe, with a distinctive feature however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized in tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of the chief wan and worship a god named Gale through the worship of the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adulthood through rituals called "gaza" and trained by former initiates, the bugaza. Their statues generally represent the primordial ancestors Setu and his sister Nabo ...


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Initiation rituals and tribal art Ngbaka

Tribu installed on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighboring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe, with a distinctive feature, however, the front line dotted with linear chéloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of Chief wan and worship a god named Gal through worship of the spirits of nature. Young people are prepared for adult life through named rituals gaza- and trained by former insiders, bugaza. Their statues usually represent the primordial ancestors Setu and his sister Nabo and are installed on altars for propitiatory rites. The Ngbaka also produced musical instruments that punctuated the closing ...


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The initiation rituals and African art of the Ngbaka
This African mask of Ngbaka, of reduced volume, carries linear incisions on the nose indicating scarifications in use in the ethnic group. The eyes and mouth are only simply hollowed out, valuing the wide orbits on which imperceptible kaolin residues are still detectable. Color grooves delineate the face. Semi-mate patina.
Tribu settled on the left bank of the Ubangui, the Ngbaka practice agriculture, and their artistic achievements were inspired by those of the neighbouring tribes Ngbandi and Ngombe , with a distinctive feature, however, the front line dotted with linear keloids. They are organized into tribes without political unity, under the tutelage of Chief wan and worship a god named Gal through worship of the spirits ...


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