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Ex-collection French tribal art.
The rites of induction and funeral in African artThis mask embodying the man of the people, carved in dense wood, and intended, according to Cornet, for initiation ceremonies of young people, does not fall into the category of royal African masks. Torday and Joyce report that the Ngongo of the secret society babende used this mask in the company of the bundu and gore moashi . Called Ishyeenmaal , Ishendemale or Pwoom itok it sports conical pupils in projection, blind, evoking, according to some sources, the chameleon. The shaved, hydrocephalus forehead evokes the characteristic hairstyles of kuba women. An alternation of black and white checkerboards and areas of contrasting colors, slightly abrased, adorn the surface of the mask.
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