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Luba / Zela Ngabo (N° 17839)
Once subject to the Luba and then the Lunda, the Zela have adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisale, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in statuary, mythical ancestors, and make offerings to the spirits of nature.
These shields could be hung in the huts.
Matt patina with colored highlights.
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( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. du Musée de Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ).
In the southeastern region of Katanga, around the 1960s, the Zela , long subject to the Luba whose customs and rites they borrowed, carved animal masks, following the example of the Lubas and Kundas. In 1970, in fact, kifwebe society was subjected to a transformation that was accompanied by novel masks. In the Zela and Kundas groups, however, this type of mask was manifested in secular theatrical ceremonies featuring storytelling. Polychrome matte patina.
Litt. Congo Masks" ed. M.L. Félix
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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