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Mbole Mask (N° 18149)

With a very slightly convex structure, low relief, this tribal mask coated with a matte polychromy is embellished with raised ribs whose shape repeats in parallel grooves. The latter are still encrusted with kaolin highlights. These African masks are staged at the funerals of Lilwa dignitaries or are used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. Height on a base: 42 cm.

The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mboles and Yela are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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