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Masquette Hemba Ibombo ya soho (N° 18496)

Talisman mask with skewed eyelids between which points a sculpted nose in round-bump. A half-moon, toothed slit follows the contours of the jaw. Greyish brown satin patina. Slight lacks around the edge. Height on a base: 21 cm.
The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern DR Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili, man brother, and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : 'monkey face') belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used during ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be incarnated in the mask. Source: Art and life in Africa , C D. Roy. and ' The other face Ed. Adam Biro.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height13
Width10
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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