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Lumba mask (N° 23625)

It was during the Okuyi dance and the cults dedicated to the ancestors, ritual practices shared with the Punu, that this type of traditional African mask appeared, evoking a young deceased woman. The softly modeled face is free of scarifications. The presence of horns would probably be associated with a bush spirit.
Within the group named Shira, the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and originating from the Congo kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic Congo, in the middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets adorned with statuettes and other prestigious objects.
Among the Lumbu, the boyo is a local equivalent of the mwiri: he was responsible for maintaining order and making women obey. Manifesting itself especially at night, by the voice of a mirliton, he demanded fish and palm wine from the women, sometimes mats or loincloths.
Grainy matte patina.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm56
Width23 cm
Weight0.90 Kg
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