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Lwalwa mask
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Reduced mask of the lwalwa type, endowed with distinctive features, such as the concave, pointed face, offering a powerful nose whose ridge runs to the top.
Height on base: 30 cm.
The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after having been influenced by Luba and Songye, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male nkaki mask, carved in mulela wood, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become chefs and organize dances, including the balango, during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks are then exhibited, or worn during ...


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Lualua figure
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Renowned for their masks whose nose forms a distinctive character, the Lwalwa also sculpted small statuettes devoted to divinatory rites, exhibited on altars. The angular face surmounts here stooped shoulders, whose arms are rounded, spaced from the bust, in an atypical posture, hands placed on the thighs. Beautiful glossy patina locally abraded, slight cracks. The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after undergoing Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, carved from mulela wood, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their carvers. These artisans, according to ...


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Lwalwa mask
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The African Mfondo and Nkaki masks, with slightly dissimilar nasal profiles, are difficult to distinguish. The Nkaki would have a nose lost in the hairstyle, sometimes extending into a crest. The Mvondo has a shorter nose, here surmounted by a triangular hairstyle reproducing the angular forehead. Red ocher patina, slight erosion and localized crack on one side.
Height on base: 46 cm.
The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after having been influenced by Luba and Songye, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male nkaki mask, carved in mulela wood, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: ...


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Lwalwa mask
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African Lwalwa, Lwalu masks.
The crested headdress, incised with intersecting grooves, tops a concave face with a pointed chin. An imposing straight nose, characteristic of the Lwalwa mask, separates the rectangular incisions of the eyes. Reddish brown satin patina.
The male mask nkaki, nkaaki, of red or brown color according to M.L. Felix, carved in wood mulela, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their carvers. These artisans, according to their merits, can become chiefs and organize dances, including the balango, during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers.
These masks are then exhibited, or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to appease the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.
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Lualua Mask
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Succession of salient elements for this African mask which sees the angle of a conical headdress punctuate that of the forehead. The gaze is incised with rectangular holes. The mouth, in projection, dominates the curved point of the lower part of the face. Brown patina, matt, rubbed with kaolin.
The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after undergoing Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, carved from mulela wood, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their carvers: These artisans, according to their merits, can become chiefs and organize dances, including the ...


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Lwalwa female statuette
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Small ritual sculpture depicting a woman whose face evokes the mask Mfondo or Nkaki. Lwalwa statuary, rare, is linked to the fertility rites of the secret female society. Clear mahogany satin smooth patina. Cracks and abrasions.
This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become conductors and organize dances, including the balango, (also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by ...


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Lwalwa Mvondo Mask
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The masks Mfondo and Nkaki , with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate. The Nkhaki would have a nose that gets lost in the hairstyle, sometimes protruding in a ridge. It is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Having historically had a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after undergoing the Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, carved in wood mulela, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become chiefs and organize dances, including the balango,(also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by young ...


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Mask Lwalwa, Lwalu, Nkaaki
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Ex-collection of Belgian African art.

African masks Lwalwa, Lwalu. The Lwalwa live near the Kasai river, between Angola and Zaire. Having historically had a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after undergoing the Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, nkaaki, red or brown according to M.L. Felix, carved in wood mulela, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors. These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become chiefs and organize dances, including the balango, during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks are then exhibited, or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to appease the spirits after an ...


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Statuette Lwalwa, Lwalu
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This tribal statuette has a head with the features of the Nkaki mask, whose busted nose evokes the beak of the calao. A pointed chin completes the concave face. The pupils are pierced in the center of the eyes simply drawn. This sculpture participated in fertility rites and ceremonies supposed to appease geniuses, mediating spirits between the group and their ancestors. The detail of the digitized hands and feet brings a neat note to this piece characterized by a beautiful balance between the width of the shoulders and the lower limbs, at the back between the relief of the shoulder blades and the pelvis. Beautiful dark patina, sained. Very slight cracks and abrasions.
The Lwalwa live between Angola and Zaire, between the Kasai River and the Lweta. Historically having a matrilineal ...


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The masks Mfondo and Nkaki , with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate, but the Mfondo would have a nose associated with the calao losing in the hairstyle. In this case the nasal ridge develops at the top of the forehead. Tricolour patina in light browns with dark satin. Shard on the top edge.
This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become conductors and ...


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The aesthetics of African art Lwalwa.

This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki male mask, carved in mulela wood, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors. These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become chefs and organize dances, including the balango, during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks are then displayed, or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to soothe the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.

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Lwalwa Nkaki Mask
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pure symmetry for this African mask where a conical hairstyle incised with geometric patterns overcomes an imposing rectangular nose. The look, stretched, is made up of rectangular spaces highlighted by grooves. The chin ends in a point under a geometric mouth. The hollow of the ears is encased with red ochre pigments. Velvety light brown patina.
It is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after being influenced luba and songye, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, carved in wood mulela, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, ...


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