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Songye mask (N° 23457)

Large semi-helmet mask, with large bleached eyelids surrounded by linear checkerboard patterns, and projecting rectangular mouth. A border in crenellated relief borders the lower part. This mask seems to come from the Songye or the groups around them, Luntu, Tetela and Luba.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasaï. Their society is organized in a patriarchal way. Their history is inseparable from that of the Luba, to whom they are related through common ancestors. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals. The masked performances of male masks provided an opportunity to carry out punitive expeditions and maintain social order. The female masks, supposed to be equipped with divinatory faculties, activated by their dances the benevolent spirits.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnySongye
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm41
Width25 cm
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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