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Hunde mask, Bira (N° 20038)

Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
African mask flat where only the nose and the philtrum studded with dots form a relief. The summary features are enhanced with white pigments and a rib runs from the tip of the nose to the top of the forehead.
Height on base: 44 cm. The Bira, Bahunde, or Hunde, and the Komo, or Kumu, of the Congo belong to the same ethnic entity and their last migration dates back to the 18th century. Their region of origin would be Ubangi, or even Chad, and even according to some, the Nile basin (Siffer). They speak an archaic Bantu language. Settled in Ituri, a distinction is made between the Biras who have acclimated to the forest, neighbors of the Pyme, and those of the savannah, cattle breeders. The Biras worship several entities, the fire spirit Nya Murairi , the water serpent, and nature spirits. Influenced by the Lega and Nyanga, they carved masks also inspired by the Kumus.
Ref: "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyBira ou Hunde
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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