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Kongo Mask (N° 24742)

A privilege of "nganga diphoba" soothsayers and members of secret societies, the African mask Yombe, of the naturalist type, is here surmounted by a cephalomorphic motif. This type of mask, of which there are different variants, would be called Khimba, according to Marc Léo Félix. Satin patina, lack on the lower contour.br /> br /> A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world.

Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum and "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren; "The Soul of Africa" s.Diakonoff.
 

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyYombe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm93
Width19 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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