Female Figure of a Pair

Female Figure of a Pair

late 1800s-early 1900s

Part of a set. See all set records

Wood, copper, glass beads, iron, fabric

Overall: 41 x 13 x 11.5 cm (16 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.459.2

Fun Fact

Odette Delenne, the collector of this pair, said that these figures reminded her of herself and her husband, René.

Description

Carving of paired figures is quite well documented among the Ngbandi and its neighbors the Ngbaka-Minagende, where such sculptures are said to represent the mythical ancestor Seto and his sister-wife, Nabo. Field-based research cannot confirm the existence of figurative couples among the Ngbandi.

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