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Boa Kpongadomba Mask (N° 13849)

Endowed with oversized ears, perforated as were once the pavilions of the ears of the Boa of the East, the "bavobongo", and a mouth filled with scattered animal teeth, This African tribal mask gave an impressive look to its wearer, accentuated by the contrast of colors. The red ochre here has faded and the kaolin coating has lost its whiteness. The surface remains velvety. Supposed to make invulnerable and in order to terrify the enemy, the African mask kpongadomba or "Pongdudu" of the Boa was commanded by the kumu chief who offered it to the most valiant warrior. He was then kept in his wife’s box. Close to mangbetu and Zande, the Boa inhabit the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boa reportedly used these masks for educational purposes with children since the pacification of the Uele region.  

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Originex-collection Calbanen
EthnyBoa
CountryCongo
Material(s)wood, brass, dents animales
Height26
Width55
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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