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Zombo Mask (N° 27721)

Coated with contrasting colors, this african mask offers the traditional streaks inscribed on the bulge of the cheeks. A black line around the face in the heart joins a narrow mouth. Stand height: 54 cm.
Neighbours of the Yaka , Nkanu and Kongo in western Zaire, on the border of Angola, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, a god named Nzambi. Their soothsayers use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, ceremonies associated with initiatory rites, however, derive from yaka traditions. Fetish sculptures are used by ngangas to protect against bad luck, heal or cause luck, wealth and fertility. Male circumcision ceremonies nzo longo are accompanied by masked dances. These rituals take place around the youth retreat, for several months, during which the necessities of social, village and religious life will be taught to them.  

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OriginEx-collection française Lannier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm22
Width16 cm
Weight1.03 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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