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Animal mask Luba Mukisi a kukaya (N° 19391)
Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
This African mask depicting a bird (probably a wild guinea fowl, symbol of fecundity) was worn with a circular mask kifwebe accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer.
These masks occurred during different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the different initiatory societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies take place in homage to the ancestors of the clan, deceased chiefs, and to the new moon. Offerings are then made to nature spirits, who act as intermediaries between the group and the ancestors.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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