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Masque mitre Tetela (N° 18485)
French African art collection.
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Two faces with tubular eyes, superimposed, are carved in the lower part of this mask. The high structure is topped by a tiara-like arched panel. Songye's influence is notable. The matte surface is coated with contrasting polychrome pigments. The thick raffia adornment is still present.
br>Eparated in the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the north, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye in the southwest. Their fetishes are kept out of sight. Animists, they seek to appease and direct the elements thanks to the sorcerer Wichi and the priest Umpa. Their traditional currency of exchange, dikonga, in the form of spearheads, has also helped to promote the talent of their blacksmiths and those of the Nkutschu.
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|Origin||Collection Essentiel Galerie récolté 1988|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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