Ex-collection of Belgian African art.African masks Lwalwa, Lwalu. The Lwalwa live near the Kasai river, between Angola and Zaire. Having historically had a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after undergoing the Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization.
The male mask nkaki, nkaaki, red or brown according to M.L. Felix, carved in wood mulela, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors. These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become chiefs and organize dances, including the balango, during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers.
These masks are then exhibited, or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to appease the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.
Litt. 100 People of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix(p.94-95)
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