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Nsindi Songola Mask (N° 19444)
Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
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This African mask of the Songola combines various stylistic indicators of the neighboring tribes, including the eyebrow arcades in the heart of the Lega and the quadrangular, toothed mouth of the Kumu. Kaolin residues can be seen on the surface. Golden light brown patina.
Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their Lega wives. The Songola live from hunting and fishing, they are engaged in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of Bwami come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society evoke those of the Mbole, other sculptures were kept in baskets like those of the Lega. Masks such as our copy were used during initiation rites Nsindi.
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