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Songola mask (N° 22040)
Rectangular, shallow, this "executioner" mask borrows certain traits from the Kumu masks and Mbole. It was used by the highest ranking members of the Nsubi.
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Satin patina, losses and abrasions.
Mingled by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the institution Luhuna composed of dignitaries and that of Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live by hunting and fishing, they devote themselves to sculpture, although the objects associated with the Bwami cult come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society evoke those of the Mbole, other sculptures were kept in baskets as among the Lega. Some of their masks were used during Nsindi initiation rites.
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