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Nyanga Mask (N° 17376)

Residual kaolin particles, aggregated, locally form a crusty aggregate on the surface of this rare Nyanga mask. Of balanced proportions, this face highlights a powerful nose and ears placed at the outer corners of the eyes. Unusual, linear scarifications running diagonally from the cracks of the mouth, responding to those highlighting the upper part of the face.
High on a base: 43 cm.
In the Kivu forest of R.D.C., the Nyanga are native to Uganda, of Bahunde origin. The Hunde migration mixed them with the Lega living in the region. A patrilineal society, they live in the Kumu and Pere and live on hunting and agriculture. Their pottery and the basketry produced by women are renowned. Many cults structure their religious life: the one associated with the god of fire, the aquatic serpent, and the spirits of nature. Circumcision and initaition ceremonies are accompanied by musical instruments. mumbira .  

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Originex-collection française.
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight1.36 Kg
Estimated datingn/a
Socle includedYes

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