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Bangi, Ngbaka, Ngbandi or related peoples, D.R. Congo
wood, pigment, pokerwork
17 3/4 tall
ex L. Mooney, Director Catholic Aid Agencies Zaire c.1950-1960's
ex Ken Adelman, former director USAID Zaire, c.1975 and former assistant US Ambassdor to the UN
ex David Gelbard, NY

An unusual figure with interesting features. I especially like the incised carvings representing clothing, and the
flattened hands pressed against the stomach.

Sculpture from the area classified as the
Ubangi region was the subject of an exhibition "Ubangi: Art and Cultures
from the African Heartland" held at the Africa Museum Berg-en-Dal in 2007.
Ubangi is a term used to describe the
array of cultures from central Africa that were dispersed on both sides of the
Ubangi river which separated the
Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo.  

This original use of this particular figure is unknown. Generally, sculpture from this region had a wide range of
uses; they were used by cults and sects that settled disputes within the village community, oversaw the moral
development of youngsters, played a role in the healing of psychosomatic disorders, and offered their members
protection and well-being.

For additional reading I would recommend the article in the summer 2007 issue of TRIBAL magazine entitled "UBANGI : Open
Borders in a Central African Crucible
" by Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers and also "Sculpture of the Ubangi" by Georges Meurant in the
same publication.

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