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Kete Mask (N° 24755)

Rare mask of anthropo-zoomorphic aspect that we venture to attribute to the Kete or related groups. The swollen globes emerging from the skull, pierced with circular pupils, evoke a spirit of nature, the narrow and fine nose dominates the notched lips, parted in a receding chin. Eroded matte patina.
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 cm29
Width18 cm
Weight0.36 Kg
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