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Bira Mask (N° 17315)
On this flat mask, dotted and scratches of grey pigments were applied to the finger by the ritualist named ishumi on a surface coated with white clay. Although dotted masks are often native to northern D.C., clans in the Utuiri region have also used similar masks using traditional patterns applied to bodies and faces during ritual ceremonies. Height on a base: 38 cm.
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The Bira and Komo of Congo are believed to belong to the same ethnic entity and their last migration dates back to the 18th century. Their region of origin would be the Ubangi, or even Chad, and even according to some, the Nile basin (Siffer). They speak an archaic Bantu language. Installed in Ituri, we can distinguish the Bira who have acclimated to the forest, neighbors of the Pymées, and those of the savannah, cattle herders.
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