Lot: 366

87th Tribal Art Auction

Anthropomorphic figure "yanda"

D. R. Congo, Azande

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H: 9.8 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, matt dark brown patina, bulging body with asymmetrical shoulders, faceless head with accentuated nose bridge, slightly dam. (nose), permanent vertical crack backside, base. The best known sculpture of the Zande are the "yanda" cult figures of the "mani" secret society. These spirits protect against disease, infertility, and sorcery, as well as provide luck in hunting.