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Zimba mask (N° 19121)

Harvested in the territory of Kasongo, this mask is streaked with wide bands of contrasting colors, accentuating the volumes of the face and emphasizing the relief of the features. Bicolor matte patina.
The Zimba, also called Binja, are close neighbors of the Lega in the Pangi and Shabunda region of DRC. Subject to Lega influence, they share some institutional similarities with the Lega and Luba. Whether they live in the forest or in the savannah, the symbolism of their art and rituals are associated with hunting which is of major importance. On the other hand, they are patrilineal groups that have ended up supplanting the matrilineal organization of their society. Like the Lega, the center of their system revolves around an institution analogous to the Bwami, named bukota, mpunzu, or nsubi. Rare ape statuettes were also used in similar Bwami rites.
(Lega culture: D.P. Biebuyck; "100 People of Zaire and their Sculpture" M.L. Félix).  

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Originex-collection italienne
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm30
Width20 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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