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Mbunda Mask (N° 23719)

This interpretation of the Sachihongo mask, worn by circumcised youths of Mukanda society at the end of their months-long initiation, embodies a male royal ancestor 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 called makishi, (sing. likishi), while in Angola and in 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, then embodying the ancestral spirit, will not be held responsible for his actions during the masked demonstrations. The likishi Sachihongo meanwhile represents virility, power, prosperity and fertility.
Black satin patina, lacks and abrasions.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm29
Width18 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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