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Salampasu Mask (N° 23948)

A softened version of the Mukinka mask of the Salampasu, this two-tone mask linked to the society of warriors was exhibited at funerals in connection with the previous initiations of the deceased. He also participated in the initiation rites. Some of these masks were so feared that their name alone scared away women and children. Matte patina.
Living from hunting and agriculture, warrior people, 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 the Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and the Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden kasangu masks and copper-covered mukinka masks, was associated with the society of mungongo warriors (pl. < i>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 the other mask wearers. (Africa, Prestel)  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySalampasu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm34
Width17 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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