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Songola mask (N° 17846)

African mask of rectangular shape, attributed to the executioner and intended for the highest ranking members of the Nsubi society, the latter also initiating the wives. This mask borrows some features from the Kumu and Mbole masks.

Height on base: 48 cm.
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. Masks such as our example were used during Nsindi initiation rites.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySongola
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width14
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème
Socle includedYes

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