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Mangbetu mask (N° 22092)

African mask of the Mangbetu, whose ears wear rings. Orange oiled wood. erosions.
Height on base: 50 cm.
The geometric patterns evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations. These varied according to the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was worn by the Mangbetu: from an early age, children suffered compression of the cranium by means of raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu would "knit" their hair on wicker strands and apply a headband to the forehead in order to extract the hair and produce that particular headdress which accentuates the elongation of the head. The ancients call beli the sculptures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret society nebeli.

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Originex-collection suisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, fer
Height cm32
Width16 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Socle includedYes

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