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Holo Mask (N° 13911)

Ex-french African art collection.
Large, bleached orbits occupy the middle area of this African mask. The uneven surface is divided between the white kaolin and a chipped red ochre patina. Raffia ties keep a wicker strap around the mask. Although its broad, lowered eyelids make one of the women's masks of the Pende in the centre, this mask comes from the Holo . He was speaking at the closing ceremonies of the initiation mukanda . The Holo and the Pende , whose boxes are similar, have indeed coexisted in Angola before separating towards respective directions. Holo , like the Pende , reproduce their masks in miniature to wear in amulets or pendants. Located in the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwé of Angola, the small ethnic group Holo migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango. Hunting and agriculture provide for their livelihood. Neighbouring ethnic groups, such as the Suku, influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo have produced protective masks and prestige objects for the ruling elite. Ref. In: "Africa" Coll. Sargos and "Congo Masks" ed. M.L.Félix  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyHolo
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, osier
Height cm33
Width25 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingfin xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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