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Luba animal mask (N° 18732)

Small African mask of reduced volume representing a bird. In its larger version, it was worn with a circular kifwebe mask accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. This type of mask forms a fetish sculpture with a protective purpose. These masks occurred during different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the different initiatory societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies take place in homage to the ancestors of the clan, deceased chiefs, and to the new moon. Offerings are then made to nature spirits, who act as intermediaries between the group and the ancestors. Height on plinth: 32 cm.
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Originrécolté in-situ
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height20
Width10
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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