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Mpakasa mask (N° 21632)

This zoomorphic mask appears at the end of initiation ceremonies. It symbolizes power and the spirit of vengeance. Associated with the wild buffalo, it is also associated with curative rites and is also used in rituals related to hunting.
Beautiful patina of use locally flaked, brown mixed with red ochre, residues of kaolin.
Part of the raffia border is missing. Located in the Democratic Congo between the Yaka and the Tchokwe of Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. Hunting and agriculture provide their livelihood. Neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional carvings. The Holo have indeed produced helm masks and prestige objects for the ruling elite. The Holo made use of carvings to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including the moon and rainbow. These statues were placed near homes as protection against lightning. Bird figures are also used to protect against ndoki , or witch doctors, who activate evil spirits.  

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OriginEx. collection belge L. Van Liere
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height cm40
Width17 cm
Weight1.48 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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