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Kongo mask (N° 20332)
This African mask was used by the nganga, priest-devin.
Mediator mask, also present in the initiation processes, it was also used by the fetishist during healing rituals. At the same time, it could be used to identify individuals who, by their actions, could disrupt the harmony of the community.
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Beautiful patina of use satin, polychrome highlights.
In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo , settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese made contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. This king, also called ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials.
Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the southwestern Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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