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Rungu mask (N° 22235)

Naturalistic mask, pierced with large eyes surrounded by a groove and a wide mouth. The short, pointed nose is incised with a traditional scarification running up to the forehead, while parallel lines are inscribed on the face. The functions of this mask remain unknown.

Beautiful satin patina, mottled, small accidents, desication cracks.
Tribe of the Tabwa group, the Rungu are established in a region between the R.D.C. (Democratic Rep. of Congo), Zambia and Tanzania. Under the influence of the neighboring Lubas and Bemba, the Rungu produced prestigious objects intended for dignitaries, stools, combs, spoons and scepters, frequently adorned with figures of couples or twins. Their king, called mwéné tafuna, lives in Zambia. A women's association, Kamanya, has dolls such as those of the Tabwas.  

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OriginEx-collection suisse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm28
Width15 cm
Weight0.52 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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