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Luba / Zela zoomorphic mask (N° 19551)
In the south-eastern region of Katanga, around the 1960s, the Zela Zela, long subject to the Lubas, from whom they borrowed their customs and rituals, carved animal masks, like the Lubas and the Kundas. In 1970 indeed, the kifwebe society was subjected to a transformation which was accompanied by new masks. In the Zela and Kundas groups, however, this type of mask was used in profane theatrical ceremonies featuring fairy tales. Matte granular patina. Old restorations of an ear and the contour.
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Once subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in the statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of nature. In addition to their powerful Mbudye society, the Zela also have a female initiation association called Kisungu.
( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Treasures of Africa" from the Museum of Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ).
Litt. Congo Masks" ed. M.L. Félix
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