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Lengola Mask (N° 24576)

African mask of shallow structure, and whose nasal bridge separates three-quarters of the face. This type of mask was held by high-ranking members of the Bukota hierarchical society. Glossy brown patina, abrasions, small accidents. Old restoration of a crack. Height on base: 30 cm.
This ritual mask comes from the Lengola originating from Uganda and living near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, people of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, rare monotheism in Africa. Besides the Lilwa society, their society,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning for educational purposes, following the example of lega traditions.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm21
Width14 cm
Weight0.42 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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