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Lwena mask (N° 22411)

This type of mask is distinguished by their pointed chin, and fine lines. These masks are usually identified as a luval version of "Pwevo", which would embody a white "chindele" woman.
Losses on the contours.
Height on base: 31 cm.
When some became slave traders, other groups found refuge in Zambia, forming the Luvale, Lovale. The Lwena and the Luvale became known for their sculptures embodying the figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks linked to the initiation rites of the mukanda, a secret association masculine that all these groups share on this same territory, with some variations however. The masks of the Chokwe, Luda, Luvale/Lwena, Luchazi and Mbunda clans are called "makishi" (sing. likishi) in Zambia. This name comes from "kishi", a Bantu concept that evokes the manifestation of a spirit or an ancestor. These agents of social, moral and spiritual order, forming a panel of different characters, sociable, aggressive, or unpredictable, in fact embody the spirit of an illustrious ancestor (male or female), their appearance manifesting itself mainly during rites mukanda, including circumcision, during which their true identity must remain hidden from the eyes of the profane.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyLunda
CountryZambie
Material(s)wood
Height cm21
Width13 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Socle includedYes

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