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Songola mask (N° 20297)

Flat surfaces and sharp angles for this Songola mask whose mouth forms a snout. Reduced to the essential, large circular holes make up the eyes. Thick kaolin patina. Mixed by marriage with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are governed by the elders of the lineages. They have borrowed from the Luba and Songye, the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami through their Lega wives. The Songola live by hunting and fishing, and they are involved in sculpture, although the objects associated with the Bwami cult come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of the ancestors of the Nsubi society are reminiscent of those of the Mbole, while 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
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm49
Width21 cm
Weight1.25 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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