late 1800s-early 1900s
Part of a set. See all set records
Wood, copper, glass beads, iron, fabric
Part 1: 45 x 15.5 x 9.2 cm (17 11/16 x 6 1/8 x 3 5/8 in.); Part 2: 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
Odette Delenne, the collector of this pair, once stated that these figures reminded her of herself and her husband, René.
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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