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Sundi mask (N° 23016)

The African masks naturalists of the Kongo clans.

An oval face with fine features, a modeling with subtle relief, ample orbits in which the hollowed-out pupils generally refer to the clairvoyant capacities of the diviners. According to the sources, these masks would belong to the soothsayers or were worn during funeral rites.
Irregular black patina, abrasions, desication crack with old internal restoration. Height on base: 34 cm.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world. In addition to their weapons and prestigious objects and their funerary sculpture, the Sundi made use, individually and collectively, of conjuration fetishes equipped with a magic charge.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm22
Width16 cm
Weight0.92 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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