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Kongo Mask (N° 24421) Deposit sale

Large Kongo type mask, carved in dense wood, embellished with various accessories. The face with realistic features offers a glazed look in reference to the mediumistic capacities that the Kongos thought they favored thanks to hallucinogenic plants. The head encrusted with nails recalls the mediating role of nkisi protective fetishes. Polychrome patina, clay aggregates, abrasions.
These mediating masks, also present in initiation processes, were used during healing rituals. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. This king, also called ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola.  

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OriginCollection jauregui
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, textile, verre, raphia
Height cm35
Depth18 cm
Width24 cm
Weight1.50 Kg
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