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Masque U+0022éléphantU+0022 Cuba Ngeende
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The Ngeendé, one of the Kuba tribes living in the east of the territory, produced a variant of the spectacular African mask Kuba moshambwooy created by the Bushoong ruling ethnic group. There are many regional stylistic interpretations of this Kuba tribal mask named Mukenga or even Mukenge , symbolizing the ruler Woot at the origin of the clan, but the characteristic of the mask invariably remains the trunk-shaped headdress. Crafted on a basket frame, the hem mask is entirely covered with hundreds of beads and cauris arranged in geometric patterns. A thick raffia collar fills the contours. This mask embodies the power of the king by its animal symbolism, the elephant being once a source of wealth and abundance thanks to the ivory of its tusks. Partially disjointed trim on the back and ...

Pipe Ngeende Cuba
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Among the Kuba clans, the Ngeendes produced an abundance of prestigious sculptures, sometimes intended for neighbouring groups. This figurative pipe is composed of a cephalomorphic furnace, which takes the characteristics of the hairstyles of the notable kuba, flared headdress and braids in the shape of twisted horns. Zoomorphic, geometric and annal pattern alternate, etched in relief on the pipe.
On the tradition, the Ngeende, which is believed to be descended from the mythical ancestor Woot, came from the north of the Sankuru River. After being defeated by a Bushoong king, they entered the Kuba kingdom in the 16th century. They worship ngesh, spirits of nature, like the Kete. They produced a large number of masks associated with Woot's history.


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Large Ngeende Nyibita Mask
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This type of long and narrow mask is also used in the Ngongo where it is also named nyibita , and in the Kete . Tshimuanga Ndombu. The cavities of the eyes, deeply sunken, cause the cheekbones to protrud from the dry cheekbones and a powerful nose, evoking the Masks of Justice Ngil of the Fang, runs through the middle part of the face. A simple headdress is made up, on the basis of a wicker strap, of raw canvas. Abrasions, Patine mate.
The Geende are established in the eastern region of the Kuba realm. According to oral tradition, they would descend from Woot and adopted the Kuba religion to which they incorporated Kete beliefs. They thus venerate the spirits of nature ngesh of Kete origin. More than twenty types of masks are used in the Kuba or people of lightning, with meanings ...


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Masque Kuba Ngeende Pwoom itok
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The rites of induction and funeral in African art
This example that would represent the man of the people, intended according to Cornet for the initiation ceremonies of young people, does not fall into the category of royal African masks. Torday and Joyce report that the Ngongo babende secret society used the mask in the company of bundu and gore moashi . Called Ishyeenmaal , Ishendemale or Pwoom itok, it has horns (in this case, according to M.L. Felix, he is named ishende-mal-dia-masheke ), also present on palm wine glasses, and recalling the old hairstyle of Kuba warriors since sported by the chiefs. It consisted of two mats symbolizing the horns of the buffalo. The conical eyes in projection, blind, can refer to the chameleon. The shaved, hydrocephalus forehead evokes the ...





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