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Boa mask (N° 22141)
Flanked by pierced ears like the ear flaps of the Eastern Boa, the "bavobongo" once were, and a mouth lined with sparse teeth, this African tribal mask conferred a impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors.
Supposed to render invulnerable and with the aim of terrifying the enemy, the African mask kpongadomba or "Pongdudu" of the Boa was ordered by the chief kumu who offered it to the bravest warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut.
Partially abraded two-tone patina.
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Close to the Mangbetu and the Zande, the Boa inhabit the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boa would have used these masks for educational purposes with children since the pacification of the Uele region.
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