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Large Ngeende Nyibita Mask (N° 17430)

This type of long and narrow mask is also used in the Ngongo where it is also named nyibita , and in the Kete . Tshimuanga Ndombu. The cavities of the eyes, deeply sunken, cause the cheekbones to protrud from the dry cheekbones and a powerful nose, evoking the Masks of Justice Ngil of the Fang, runs through the middle part of the face. A simple headdress is made up, on the basis of a wicker strap, of raw canvas. Abrasions, Patine mate.
The Geende are established in the eastern region of the Kuba realm. According to oral tradition, they would descend from Woot and adopted the Kuba religion to which they incorporated Kete beliefs. They thus venerate the spirits of nature ngesh of Kete origin. More than twenty types of masks are used in the Kuba or people of lightning, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to display decorative arts and masks, in order to honor the spirit of the deceased or to honor the king. Three types of masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal precinct: the first, called Moshambwooy , represents Woot , the founder of the Bushoong sub-tribe, the hero of culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), plays Woot's wife/sister, a character who would have been introduced to give more importance to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom .  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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