200965 - Old Tribal used African Ngbaka statue - Congo.

€125.00

200965 - Old Tribal used African Ngbaka statue - Congo.

€125.00

Old Tribal used African Ngbaka statue from Congo.

Hand carved from a single piece of wood, with color pigments. 

Height: 22 cm.

The Ngbaka tribe arrived on the Gemena Plateau of northern Congo in 1920. They migrated from the area around Lake Chad to the north with the Manja and Gbaya peoples. Throughout their travels they encountered numerous peoples who influenced their direction. It is known that the Ngbaka had contact with the Mabo at the Lua-Dekere River and with the Mono at the Bembe and Lubia Rivers.

Although they share many cultural similarities with their neighbours, the Gbaya, they speak slightly different languages and consider themselves separate peoples. There is constant contact between them and their other neighbours the Ngbandi and Ngombe, yet there is often conflict between them over landownership.

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 who created the Ngbaka through an act of incest. 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 neighbours.