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Songola Nsindi mask (N° 21088)
Ex-German African art collection.
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This African mask, was attributed to the executioner and intended for the highest ranks of the Nsubi society, consisting of four levels and open to wives. This mask borrows some features from the Kumu and Mbole masks.
Shaded crusty patina.
Mixed by marriage 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 by hunting and fishing, they engage in sculpture although the objects associated with the Bwami cult 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 as among the Lega. Some of their masks were used during Nsindi initiation rites.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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