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Lwalwa Mask (N° 17596)
The masks Mfondo and Nkaki , with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate, but the Mfondo would have a nose associated with the calao losing in the hairstyle. In this case the nasal ridge develops at the top of the forehead. Tricolour patina in light browns with dark satin. Shard on the top edge.
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This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become conductors and organize dances, including the balango, (also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks, appearing at night to preserve women, are displayed or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to soothe the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.
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