The Ngbaka, Ngbandi and Ngombe wear a scarification on the forehead that extends over the bridge of the nose, and it is here in the form of a discreet crenellation on the forehead that this traditional mark appears. This type of mask appeared in pairs during the Ngbandi gaza initiations.
Polychrome patina evoking the animal world. Erosions.
Height on base: 45 cm.
In the northwest of Zaire, south of the Ubangi, on the banks of the Lualaba, live the 120000 Ngombe of Bantu language, led by a chief and a warrior society Elombe . Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka whose statuary has influenced their tribal sculpture, and various banda groups. Their sometimes geometric-looking masks are used during the rites of the mani society. In addition, they produce hunting fetishes with protective purposes, and prestige objects adorned with tapestry nails.
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