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Tetela Mwadi mask (N° 20294)
Exorbitant pupils, visible teeth, a high forehead surmounted by a fan-shaped protrusion, make up this Mwadi mask, the incarnation of a tutelary spirit. The Songye influence is notable in the polychrome striations. Matt patina.
Scattered throughout the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin were the source of constant conflict with their neighbors. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their highly diversified sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the north, their art was influenced by forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest by the Nkutschu, and in the west by the Binji and Mputu. The Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye in the southwest.
Their fetishes are kept out of sight. Animists, they seek to appease and direct the elements through the sorcerer Wichi and the priest Umpa. Their traditional currency of exchange, " dikonga", in the form of spearheads, has further contributed to the fame of their and the Nkutschu's blacksmiths' talent.
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