The African statuary Yanda Banda Zande
African statues like this one are of the Yanda or Banda type among the Azande. They are used in the initiation ritual of Mani. This is the Zande equivalent of the Bwami of the Lega people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This statue in human form is a meticulous and expressive work in a very marked Zande style. It plays an apotropaic role during divinatory rituals.