The African mask Mbole comes into play during the funeral of Lilwa dignitaries or is used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. The eyes and mouth are cut into the flat surface, the forehead and nose forming a slight relief. Polychrome matte patina.
Height on base: 44 cm.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa, an association with dogmatic initiation rites, used to judge and sentence to hanging those guilty of breaches of the imposed rules, which however remained exceptional. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of the condemned enjoyed no funeral and were buried in the forest.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyMbole
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm31
Width17 cm
Weight0.73 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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