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Kete (N° 23705)

African mask mixing kuba and kete features, adorned with triangular patterns characteristic of their artistic productions. This type of mask appeared at the closings of youth initiation ceremonies and at the funerals of important members of the community. Matte patina in different shades of brown.
The Kete, established between the Luba and the Songye, have intermingled with the Kuba and the Tschokwe and derive their subsistence from hunting, net fishing, and agriculture. Their matrilineal society worships nature spirits called mungitchi through offerings and incantations. Believing in reincarnation, they also fear a supreme god called mboom. The rituals of their initiation societies are different from those of the Kuba. Some Kete villages used to pay tax to the King of the Kuba. Groups borrowed masks from their neighbors or picked up certain features that they combined with their own creations. The itoom rubbing oracles would originally be a Kete production. Their masks, which are worn by initiates or their instructors as the case may be, are associated with initiation ceremonies and funeral rituals.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm44
Width18 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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