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Luba small mask (N° 18996)

This African mask in reduced version, representing a night bird, was worn in company of a circular kifwebe mask accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. 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. Among the Luba, white is synonymous with a relationship with the spirit world and the moon, which is also evoked by the nature of the animal depicted. The pupils in the center of large circular orbits are hollowed out; the small erect ears and the hooked beak evoke the owl. Abraded matte patina.
Height on pedestal: 32 cm.
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Originex-colection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.37 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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