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Mbunda Samahongo mask Zambia (N° 20762)

In Zambia, masked traditions include a series of specific masks distinguished by their character, behavior, and physiognomy. Among the Chokwe, Luvale, Lunda, Luchasi and Mbunda of Zambia they are named makishi , (sing. likishi ), while in Angola and the D.R.C. they are known as makishi (sing. mukishi ). The sculptor will not name the mask and its costume as such, but rather "the head", and "the body" to define the masked entity. The dancer, embodying the ancestral spirit, will not be held responsible for his or her actions during the masked events. The Samahongo would embody a diviner, and would appear during the male initiations of the mukanda. The triple-arched eyebrows, or wrinkles, and filed teeth, form a specificity of the mbunda masks, indicating a threatening character.
Height on base: 48 cm. Abraded black patina, velvety.
Ref. "Africa, The Art of a continent" ed. Prestel. p.166.  

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OriginEx-collection allemande
Material(s)wood, fibres de raphia
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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