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Vili mask (N° 22031)

White mask with relatively realistic features underlined in black and pink ochre, surmounted by a triangular growth. This type of mask was used during funerals and ceremonies dedicated to the ancestors. Erosions and gaps. Height on base: 45 cm. The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo constituted the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. The nganga sorcerers, both healers, were in charge of religious activities and mediation towards the God called Nzambi through consecrated figures. Aggressive kindoki sorcery is the absolute evil that must be fought. To this end, nkisi protective figures are made and charged by the nganga with all the ingredients necessary to achieve this goal.
Source: "The Kôngo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum; "Animal" ed. Daper Museum.  

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Originex-collection néerlandaise
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm34
Width16 cm
Weight0.30 Kg
Socle includedYes

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