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Mbole Mask
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With a flat structure, this Mbole tribal mask has a forehead engraved with ribs. The features are particularly discreet, with incisions and a low relief for the nose. These African masks are used during funerals of Lilwa dignitaries or by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. Height on base: 43 cm.
The province of Lualaba had several ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa. Disgraced, the bodies of convicts were ...


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Mbole Ofika statue
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The sculptor Mbole has endowed the figure with a resigned and suffering physiognomy thanks to half-closed eyelids and a narrow mouth in a pale face. The position is characteristic: legs bent, arms folded in an unnatural way, hands placed on the thighs. Black brown patina, white highlights. Misses and cracks from desiccation. The Lualaba province had several closely related ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck ,of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa . Dishonored, the ...


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Figure Ofika Mbole
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Ex-collection French African tribal art.

Half closed coffee bean eyelids and a mouth simply incised into a flat face give a neutral expression to the delicately sculpted female figure whose position is characteristic: legs bent, arms bent in an unnatural way, hands resting on the thighs. Semi-satin brown patina. Mbole Mbole are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa, an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and condemning to hanging those guilty of breaking the imposed rules. These offences ranged from murder to adultery and the breaking of the secret surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of convicts had no funeral and were buried in the forest. It was during the ceremonies at the ...


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Jonga Mask
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The Mbole are one of the many clans belonging to the Mongo Ethnic Group including the Bolia, Bokote, Bongandu, Ekonda, Mbole, Dengese, Nkutu, Ntomba, Kole, Sengele, Songomeno, Iyasa, Bakutu, Bakusu, Iyadjima (Iyaelima), Boyela and the Batetela. These are divided between the southern province of Ecuador (province) and the northern province of Bandundu (province) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tribe of the Mbole group, the Jonga live in the forest south of the Mbolé, hunting and agriculture. Their artistic production, mainly representing ancestors, is poorly documented. All of these groups had similar associations, including the male society Nkoumi among the Jonga, and initiation rituals in which masks were used. Their sculpture remains rare.
This mask, whose protrusion of ...


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Mbole statue of Pendu Ofika
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Ex-Belgian African tribal art collection.
Lualaba province had several similar ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mboles are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and condemning to hanging those guilty of violations of the imposed rules. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of convicts had no funeral sat and were buried in the forest. It was during the final ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were exhibited, presented lying on a litter box. The sculptor endowed his character with a resigned and suffering face thanks to the rectangular, ...


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Mbole Mask
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With a very slightly convex structure, low relief, this tribal mask coated with a matte polychromy is embellished with raised ribs whose shape repeats in parallel grooves. The latter are still encrusted with kaolin highlights. These African masks are staged at the funerals of Lilwa dignitaries or are used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. Height on a base: 42 cm.

The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mboles and Yela are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the ...


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Figure of hanged Mbole Ofika
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During the end-of-initiation ceremonies presided over by a notable soya, this type of sculpted figure was presented lying on a litter box. Always sporting a resigned and suffering face thanks to the half-closed eyelids, and a narrow mouth, ajar, and a recurrent attitude, legs bent, arms bent in an unsotomy way, hands resting on the thighs, she embodies a hanged man. Semi-satin brown patina, kaolin highlights and burgundy pigments. Desication cracks, abrasions.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to ...

Statuette Mbole / Yela
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The attitude of this sculpted figure is characteristic of the Mbole and Yela figures of the original Mbole Lilwa: legs bent, arms bent unnaturally, hands resting on the thighs. Locally abraded velvety brown patina.
Lualaba province had several similar ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mboles are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and condemning to hanging those guilty of violations of the imposed rules. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of convicts had no funeral sat and were buried in the forest. It was during the final ceremonies, presided over by a notable ...


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Mbole Ofika figure
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Lualaba province had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-the-introduction ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were displayed, presented lying on a litter box. The sculptor endowed his character with a resigned and ailing face thanks to the half-closed eyelids, and an ajar mouth. The position is ...


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Small Mbole mask
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Atypical mask, oblong, with the double headdress of sculpted Mbole figures. These masks are staged at the funerals of Lilwa dignitaries or are used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. Dark matte patina on a light wood, erosions.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest. It was during the ...


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Masque Mbole/Yela
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Shallow mask, with streaks and punctures. These African masks are staged at the funerals of Lilwa dignitaries or are used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. In the Yela, the masks associated with the company ekanga are kept in a basket stored in a box. Locally abraded dark patina.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mboles and Yela are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and ...


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