Version of the same type as the mask presented on page 205 of "Trésor d'Afrique, Musée de Tervuren" and attributed to the Lega by the author. The triangular, gaping mouth, from which long fibers of raffia spring, forms one of its particularities. This mask shares some common traits with those of the Lengola.
Abrasions, small accidents. Height on base: 49 cm.
Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye, the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live by hunting and fishing, they devote themselves to sculpture, although the objects associated with the Bwami cult come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society evoke those of the Mbole, other sculptures were kept in baskets as among the Lega. Masks such as ours were used during Nsindi initiation rites.  

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm30
Width13 cm
Weight0.55 Kg
Socle includedYes

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