Boa statuette, DRC Closely related to the... - Lot 36 - Arthema Auction

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Boa statuette, DRC Closely related to the... - Lot 36 - Arthema Auction
Boa statuette, DRC Closely related to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boah live in the savannahs of northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Their anthropomorphic figures were undoubtedly used as part of rites to combat witchcraft in Ndoki society. A certain self-confidence emanates from the attitude of this figure, firmly established on its spread legs. The dorsal rib extends to a pointed buttock. The crenellated treatment of the limbs can also be found in statuary from the neighboring Ubangi region. Black-brown patina with mahogany highlights, matt residual inlays. White pigments. Erosion on the inside of one leg. 36 x 9 cm They are famous for their "bavobongo" mask with oversized ears, perforated like the ear pavilions of the Eastern Boa. It gave the wearer an impressive appearance, accentuated by the contrasting colors. The African Boa kpongadomba mask was commissioned by the kumu chief, who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut. Some Boa are said to have used the masks to educate children since the pacification of the Uele region 36 x 9 cm
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