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Songye Mask (N° 25411)

Mask with a halo of a flat surface provided with a handle.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasai. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes which struck individuals. The masked performances of male masks provided an opportunity to carry out punitive expeditions and maintain social order. The female masks, supposed to be equipped with divinatory faculties, activated the benevolent spirits with their dances.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm45
Width24 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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