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Lwalwa Mvondo Mask (N° 18952)
The masks Mfondo and Nkaki , with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate. The Nkhaki would have a nose that gets lost in the hairstyle, sometimes protruding in a ridge.
It is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Having historically had a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after undergoing the Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization.
The male mask nkaki, carved in wood mulela, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become chiefs and organize dances, including the balango,(also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers.
These masks, appearing at night in order to preserve the women, are displayed or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to appease the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.
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