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Masque Lombi (N° 18215)
A Group of Sudan languages established in northeastern Congo (Maniema) among Bantu-speaking ethnic groups, the Lombi were influenced by sculptures of the Kumu, Ndaaka, Mbo, forests of Uituri. The Lombi organized into secret associations, including the Mambela relating to certain birds, and that of the leopard, the Aniota . This very rare mask probably appeared during ceremonies related to initiation rites. With a handle and a tubular element at the top surrounded by feathers and raffia, it is formed of large orbits pierced with orifices for the eyes. Sporting a jovial face, this mask is indeed split with a wide and unusual toothed smile. Satin golden brown patina.
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