Ngbaka Female Figure, Congo #157

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  • Ngbaka Female Figure, Congo #157
  • Ngbaka Figure of large dimensions with many scarifications on the body and face.The labret presents a big metal ring.
  • Measurements: 53cm; 21" height
  • Condition: Good with a beautiful patina of wear and use.
  • Although little information exists concerning the sculptural traditions of the many Ethnic Groups of the Ubangi Region in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Figures and Masks were likely used during the activities which surrounded Initiations and Circumcisions Rites. Figures and Masks from the region can be identified by their characteristics scarification marks: rows of bumps or incisions running across the forehead and down the bridge of the nose, sometimes extending to the chin.
  • Being able to trace one's lineage to an important or very old Ancestor is the primary measure of political importance in Ngbaka villages. There is no centralized power representing all Ngbaka, but there is normally a Headman in each village who is selected and advised by individual Family Heads. All of the Family Leaders are expected to meet and agree on a policy before it can be enacted. Often this agreement is sealed with a blood pact. Polygamy is widely practiced among the Ngbaka. They are a Patrilineal people, but the position of honor within the Family is normally reserved for the oldest Female member.
  • Religion: The Ngbaka believe in a Supreme Deity (Gale or Gbonboso). His message was brought to Earth by two messengers, Seto and Nabo, who are recognized as the Primordial Ancestors of the Ngbaka peoples. They are Sister and Brother. Respect is paid to these Ancestors whose carved images are daily placed upon the Family Altar (Twabozo), where they are protected from any misfortune that might befall them. It is believed that they protect the Owner and his Family from hardship and that they also have the ability to cure many types of illness. Divination, which has the power to reveal the causes of misfortune, is an essential part of Ngbaka Society. Young men and women are expected to go through Circumcision, practices which have been borrowed from their neighbors.
  • There is also a secret society for sorcery known as Wi-Limi.