A Nazeze figure from the Mani-Yanda Hotel cult, Zande vicariate or Bondo, DRC. area. Ubangi River Region of the Democratic Republic of the Congro
Provenance: Fily Keita sold it to Jan Kusters a Dutch collector, where I got it from.
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Height: 29 cm. Condition some ships in the wood and remains of offerings ( see images)
Anthropomorphe Nazeze Figur "Mani-Yanda"
D. R. Kongo, Azande
Wood, layered brown patina with yellow pigments, angular, geometric form, a hemispherical head with flat nose and holes as eyes, traces of yellow pigment sacrificial remains, slight signs of abrasion.
The abstract Yanda figures are from the Mani society and should promote the well-being of members, maintain health and prosperity, protect against evil spells and guarantee success.
They are mostly made of wood, sometimes terracotta.
The aesthetic appearance had no influence on the effectiveness, the most important factor was that it should be carved in a holy wood,
They had special consecration rituals and where taken continuous care in small shrines outside the village.
The Mani carvers where not very prolific and those figures are quite seldom. Male Yanda figures are named Uza or Balikenge, and female ones Namani.
b/w iLL. Burssens
Wolfe, "Art and the Supernatural in the Ubangi District", in Man 55, 1955, pl. D
Ubangi, Art and cultures from African Heartland, 2007, p. 6, 44 et 112
Neyt, Fleuve Congo, 2010, p. 202, n°137
Grootaers,,Ubangi: Art and Cultures from the African Heartland – 2007. http://amzn.to/2EqIeTv
- Schädler, Karl-Ferdinand, Lexikon Afrikanische Kunst und Kultur, München, Berlin 1994, p. 402
- Felix, Marc L., 100 Peoples of Zaire and their Sculpture, The Handbook, Brüssel 1987, p. 203, ill. 4
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