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Vili mask (N° 21204)

Mask with a face printed with a dark median band, hollowed out pupils, and a mouth revealing traditionally filed teeth.
The hairstyle is composed of braids gathered in shells. Two-tone patina. Abrasions and erosions. Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, they nevertheless still integrate traditional associations, dependent on ancestor worship such as the Mbouiti or the Bieri. Like the Kongo group, in order to protect themselves against witchcraft and various plagues, they produce a wide variety of magical ritual objects of the nkisi type. Their masks are used by the Ndunga or Djembe association, but also for the funerals of dignitaries and during traditional initiations. Still others are reserved for diviners. The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group , headed by the ntotela king. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. Litt. Masks of Gabon" ed. Sillages  

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Originex-collection belge
Height cm32
Width22 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
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