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Salampasu mask (N° 22928)

Ceremonial mask linked to warrior society and initiation rites. It was also exhibited at funerals in connection with previous initiations of the deceased, and often for a fee. The power of certain masks was also so feared that their name alone caused women and children to flee. These masks are distinguished by their bulbous forehead, wide nose and mouth revealing cut teeth. Grainy matte patina, erosions.
Height on base: 50 cm.
Living from hunting and agriculture, a warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and live 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 the Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and the Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden kasangu masks and copper-covered mukinka masks, was associated with the society of mungongo warriors (pl. < i>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 the other mask wearers. (Africa, Prestel)  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySalampasu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm32
Width20 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Socle includedYes

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