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Holo Muela mpakasa buffalo mask (N° 19592)
Ex-Monegasque African tribal art collection.
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This zoomorphic mask appears at the end of the initiation ceremonies. It symbolizes the power and the spirit of revenge. Associated with the wild buffalo, it is also associated with healing rites and also intervenes during rituals related to hunting.
Dark brown oiled patina, abrasions revealing a light wood.
Located in Democratic Congo between the Yaka and Tchokwé of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture ensure their subsistence. Neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional carvings. The Holo have indeed produced helmet masks and prestigious objects for the ruling elite. The Holo used carvings to protect themselves from the influence of evil spirits, such as the moon and rainbow. These statues were placed near the dwellings as protection against lightning. Bird figures were also used to protect themselves against the ndoki , or sorcerers, who activate evil spirits.
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