The African masks of the Yombe, with realistic features, were used by the diviner nganga diphoba and by members of secret societies. This copy forms a larger version than usual.
Abraded polychrome patina, small accidents.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed 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 statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world.
Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum and "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren; "The Soul of Africa" s.Diakonoff.
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