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Tetela small mask (N° 18990)
Blind mask, of reduced format, embodiment of a guardian spirit. It is characterized by a large tiara. Matte granular and abraded surface. Erosions.
Scattered throughout the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbors. They also participated abundantly in the slave trade. Their very diversified sculpture is marked by the influence of the groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art was subjected to the influence of the populations of the forest such as the Mongo, in the North-West that of the Nkutschu, and in the West that of the Binji and Mputu. 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 thanks to the Wichi sorcerer and the Umpa priest. Their traditional currency of exchange, " dikonga", in the form of spearheads, also helped to promote the talents of their blacksmiths and those of the Nkutschu.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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