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Female Figure of a Pair

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.

Credit: René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund ...
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late 1800s-early 1900s
Wood, iron alloy, glass beads, plant fiber, and cloth
41.0 x 13.0 x 11.5 cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
Permanent collection