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Lumbu Mask (N° 16581)

Within the group called Shira , the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and from the Congo Kingdom, have settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the Middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects. This rare mask with a kaolin-bleached face, evoking a deceased woman, was manifested during the Okuyi dance and the cults dedicated to ancestors, ritual practices they shared with the Punu. The cheekbones are high in an ovoid face devoid of scarifications, the arched eyelids half-closed, the nose narrow, the mouth smiling, and the chin pointed. The presence of horns, one of which is damaged, is probably associated with a bush spirit. Among the Lumbu, boyo is a local equivalent of the mwiri: he was responsible for maintaining order and making women obey. Showing himself mostly at night, through the voice of a mirliton, he demanded from women fish and palm wine, sometimes mats or loincloths. U.022Punu U.0022. L.Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay.  

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Height cm41
Width16 cm
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe
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