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Polychrome Salampasu mask (N° 20881)
Associated with the ceremonies and initiation rites of the warrior society, this African mask also appeared at funerals in connection with the deceased's previous initiations, and, in many cases, for a fee. The power of some masks was furthermore so feared that their name alone caused women and children to flee. These masks are distinguished by their bulbous foreheads, blunt noses and mouths revealing carved teeth.
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Height on base: 35 cm. Misses and erosions.
Living from hunting and agriculture, a warlike people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south by the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden masks kasangu and copper-covered masks mukinka , was associated with the warrior society mungongo (pl. bangongo ). The wearing of these masks depended on a large contribution of livestock, drink, or other material goods from the aspirant who was initiated into esoteric knowledge from other mask wearers. (Africa, Prestel)
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