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Mangbetu Mask (N° 25382)

African mask Mangbetu with a scarred face wearing a cylindrical bun. Orange oiled wood. Minor erosions and chips.
The geometric patterns  evoke the body paint and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe maintained relationships. These varied depending on the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was worn by the Mangbetu: from a very young age, children underwent compression of the skull using raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu "knitted" their hair on wicker strands and applied a headband to the forehead in order to extract the hair and produce this 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 belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm38
Width22 cm
Weight1.20 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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