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Boa statue (N° 22617)

Anthropomorphic figure masked sculpture of the "bavobongo", a mask with circular ears, perforated like the pavilions of the ears of the Eastern Boa were once, and which conferred an impressive appearance on its wearer. The triangular projection of the abdomen and the phallus insist on the filiation.
Satin patina, residual pigmented highlights.
Abrasions and cracks.
Supposed to render invulnerable and with the aim of terrifying the enemy, the African mask kpongadomba or "Pongdudu" of the Boa was ordered by the chief kumu who offered it to the bravest warrior. It was then kept in his wife's hut. Close to the Mangbetu and the Zande, the Boa inhabit the savannah in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some Boa would have used these masks for educational purposes with children since the pacification of the Uele region. Their statues were used for the purpose of countering witchcraft, or as part of ancestor cults.  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm43
Width14 cm
Weight1.20 Kg

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