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Buyu Mask (N° 27505)

Bordered by a crenellation representing a beard, this African mask has large eyeballs distinguishing the boyo sculpture. Black-brown oiled patina, abrasions, internal lower edge breakage.
According to stories, the Boyos are of Luba ancestry, through an ancestor who emigrated with her brothers. Migratory flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu within the same territories. The Basikasingo , considered by some as a Buyu sub-clan, are however not of Bembe origin, the work of Biebuyck having made it possible to trace their history. Organized into lineages, they borrowed the association of Bwami from the Lega. The Bembé and Boyo tribal traditions are relatively similar: they revere the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, but also heroic ancestors, whose will we seek to know through divinatory rites. Hunting is also an opportunity to perform sacrifices of gratitude towards the entities from whom favor and protection have been requested.  

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OriginEx-collection JP. Lannier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm27
Width24 cm
Weight0.58 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
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