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Boa Bavobongo Mask (N° 19390)

Consisting of different planes of contrasting colors and provided with large ears, this African mask kpongadomba or " Pongdudu " was supposed to make it invulnerable. Its appearance wanted to terrify the enemy. This mask of African art kpongadomba of the Boa was ordered by the chief kumu who offered it to the most valiant warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut. The oversized ears are perforated like the ear pavilions of the Eastern Boa. The " bavobongo " has a mouth with teeth represented by sticks, and gave an impressive appearance to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. Locally abraded glossy patina.
Close to the Mangbetu and Zande, the Boa inhabit the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boa are said to have used these masks to educate children since the pacification of the Uele region.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyBoa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width25
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid- xx°

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