Africa

Ngbandi or Ngbaka figure

Ubangi,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Carved wood
Early 20th century
Height: 14 ½ in. (37 cm)

Ex collection Jo de Buck, Brussels

Price: on request

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This figure is a classical example of ancient Ubangi art.
These statuettes were used for curing, protection and divination purposes.

This 37 cm high figure is particularly touching.
The face with stylized features and the geometric, almost cubistic construction convey an intense sense of power and poetry.
The deep, shiny patina attests to the ritual use and age of this figure.