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Masque Biombo (N° 17613)
The lower part of this biombo mask, hemispheric, suggests that this type of mask could have been carved primitively in a gourd. This chubby face, tightened in the middle zone, is associated with the different spirits of nature. The hairstyle worn by the Biombos is represented here by a single central growth, and it is in the form of lozenges that the biombo polychromy, with more often geometric patterns, is revealed on this rare copy.
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The Biombo, a Subgroup Kuba, live at the intersection of the Lulua and Kasai rivers in R.D.C. It is during their initiation ceremonies and funerals that they make use of a specific African mask called cimwana, the latter with certain aesthetic characteristics recurrent in the Kuba tribe, such as the use of patterns composed of triangular checkerboards in contrasting colors. A large adornment of natural fibres concealed the dancer from the eyes of the audience.
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