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Zimba mask (N° 23228)
Mask whose rather flat center bears circular patterns referring to the body patterns of the Zimba. The long nose bridge meets at the top a ridged outline also associated with tribal markings. Characterized by great softness, this sober mask is lined with a raffia adornment.
This type of mask was used in rites of an association equivalent to the Bwami of the Lega.
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The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega of the Pangi and Shabunda region in the DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and the Luba. Whether they live in the forest or the savannah, the symbolism of their art and the rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, there are patrilineal groups which have ended up supplanting the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around an institution similar to that of the Bwami, called bukota, mpunzu, or nsubi< /i>. Rare ape statuettes were also used in similar Bwami rites.
(Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck; "100 People of Zaire and their Sculpture" M.L. Félix.)
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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