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Yombe Mask (N° 23785)

Accessory of the nganga, priest-diviner, this bleached mask evokes, thanks to its hollowed out eyes, the mediumistic capacities that the Kongo thought they favored by taking hallucinogenic substances. This type of mask was called ngobudi in reference to a scary thing.
Height on base: 38 cm. Abraded two-tone patina.
These mediating masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by witch doctors during healing rituals. At the same time, they were also used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo, settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between the current DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. This king, also called ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyYombe
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm26
Width15 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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