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Jonga Mask (N° 15055)
The Mbole are one of the many clans belonging to the Mongo Ethnic Group including the Bolia, Bokote, Bongandu, Ekonda, Mbole, Dengese, Nkutu, Ntomba, Kole, Sengele, Songomeno, Iyasa, Bakutu, Bakusu, Iyadjima (Iyaelima), Boyela and the Batetela. These are divided between the southern province of Ecuador (province) and the northern province of Bandundu (province) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tribe of the Mbole group, the Jonga live in the forest south of the Mbolé, hunting and agriculture. Their artistic production, mainly representing ancestors, is poorly documented. All of these groups had similar associations, including the male society Nkoumi among the Jonga, and initiation rituals in which masks were used. Their sculpture remains rare.
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This mask, whose protrusion of the eyebrows houses the slanted slits of the eye, has a placid and smiling appearance. A bichromy that is also observed on the statuary of the ethnic group comes to animate the whole. Grainy matte patina. Crack ingeration.
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