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Kete Kuba Crest Mask (N° 19298)
A sculpture of a bust of a human figure , Kamagengu ka Muana rises from a hollow base. The statue is adorned with polychrome motifs carefully made and assembled in different color zones, characteristic of the bushoong productions of the Kuba kingdom. This mask appeared at the closing of initiation ceremonies for young people and at the funerals of important members of the community.
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The Kete, settled between the Luba and Songye, mingled with the Kuba and Tschokwe and made their living from hunting, net fishing, and farming. Their matrilineal society worships nature spirits called mungitchi through offerings and incantations. Believing in reincarnation, they also fear a supreme god called mboom . The rituals of their initiation societies are different from those of the Kuba. Some Kete villages once paid a tax to the Kuba king. Some groups borrowed masks from their neighbors or took certain features from them and combined them with their own creations. The itoom rubbing oracles would originally be a Kete production. Their masks, which are worn by initiates or their instructors as appropriate, are associated with initiation ceremonies and funeral rituals.
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