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Masquette Hemba Soko Quality (N° 16710)

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River. They are best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, 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 embodied in the mask. The oblique eyelids are lodged under prolonged notched eyebrows in the center of a long pointed nose. A large toothed rictus follows the contours of the jaw. Total height on base: 20 cm
Smooth brown patina. Misses on the top of the mask.
Source: Art and life in Africa , C D. Roy. and "The other face" ed. Adam Biro.  

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Originex-collection monégasque
EthnyHemba
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height14
Width11
Weight0.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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