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Protruding eyelids lodged under a heart-shaped eyebrow arch, a straight nose, an open mouth in a prognathic chin, large cupules representing the ears. This African mask has analogies with those of the Lega, neighbors of the Nyanga.
Clear golden patina, residual kaolin pigments. Raffia beard.
Height on base: 46 cm.

Established in the Kivu forest in the DRC, the Nyanga are from Uganda, of Bahunde stock. The Hunde migration mixed them with the Lega living in the region. A patrilineal society, they rub shoulders with the Kumu and the Pere and live from hunting and agriculture. Their pottery and the basketry produced by the women are renowned. Many cults structure their religious life: that associated with the god of fire, the aquatic serpent, and the spirits of ...


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The arrangement of the circular ears at the outer corner of the eyes forms a specificity of this Mambela mask of Nyanga from the Kisangani region (e.g. Stanleyville). In addition to the groove engraved in the centre of the face, fine star motifs evoke the scarifications or tattoos of the group. Patina matte abrased.
In the Kivu forest of R.D.C., the Nyanga are native to Uganda, of Bahunde origin. The Hunde migration mixed them with the Lega living in the region. A patrilineal society, they live in the Kumu and Pere and live on hunting and agriculture. Their pottery and basketry produced by women are renowned. Many cults structure their religious life: the one associated with the god of fire, the aquatic serpent, and the spirits of nature. Circumcision and initiation ceremonies are ...


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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Nyanga mask

With prominent eyes within whitened globes, a triangular nose and a protruding jaw, this mask is somewhat reminiscent of the Lega, neighbors of the Nyanga. The cheeks bear curvilinear scarifications. Height on base: 45 cm. Established in the Kivu forest in the D.R.C., the Nyanga are originally from Uganda, of Bahunde stock. Hunde migration has mixed them with the Lega living in the region. A patrilineal society, they live alongside the Kumu and Pere and live by hunting and farming. Their pottery and basketry produced by the women are renowned. Many cults structure their religious life: those associated with the god of fire, the aquatic serpent, and the spirits of nature. The ceremonies of circumcision and initiation are accompanied by musical instruments "mumbira" .


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