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Sundi Ndunga / Yombe mask (N° 18412)

The African masks naturalistic of the Kongo clans.

According to the sources, these masks would belong to the diviners, to the Ndunga society, or were worn during funeral rites.
This naturalistic face, framed by ears, is distinguished by its mouth revealing two single teeth, its flattened nose and narrow slits for the eyes. He is also wearing a skullcap. Soft wood, abraded matte patina.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, headed by the king ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture related to their worldview. In addition to their weapons and prestige objects and their funerary sculpture, the Sundi used, individually and collectively, conjuring fetishes equipped with a magical charge.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Ethnysundi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height27
Width20
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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