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Great Mask Kumbukutu Ndunga Woyo (N° 17803)

Initially made from a gourd, the masks Ndunga were then carved out of wood. They were worn accessorized with a banana leaf suit. The whole thing referred to a sanctimonious saying. The bakama was a civil order regulatory society with different levels, including the bandunga, secret police and religious authority. The masks appeared later during rituals of purification or protection against calamities, at funerals of dignitaries, or inductions of chiefs. Locally chipped polychrome crusty patina.
The Vili, the Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory, copper and slave trade. Similarly, beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview. The Woyos, however, have distinguished themselves with their symbolic sculptures associated with proverbs.
 

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width25
Weight2.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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