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Kongo mask (N° 22154)

This African mask was the prerogative of the nganga, diviner-priest. Her mediumistic abilities, which the Kongo thought they would favor by taking hallucinogenic substances, are revealed by the eyes with their hollowed-out pupils. This type of realistic masks were called ngobudi in reference to a terrible, terrorizing thing. The filmy surface bears light residual pigments.
Losses and abrasions.
Height on base: 43 cm.

These mediating masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by witch doctors during healing rituals. At the same time, they also served to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm27
Width18 cm
Weight1.26 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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