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Salampasu animal mask (N° 18618)

Recognizable thanks to its bulbous forehead and the shape of its nose, this Salampasu mask also bears a decoration in parallel striated patterns. However, its headdress makes it special. Semi-satin patina, abrasions. Living from hunting and agriculture, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south by the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden masks kasangu and copper-covered masks mukinka , was associated with the warrior society mungongo (pl. bangongo ). The wearing of these masks depended on a large contribution of livestock, drink, or other material goods from the aspirant who was initiated into esoteric knowledge from other mask wearers. (Africa, Prestel)  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnySalampasu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height36
Width14
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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