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Lele / Kuba flat mask (N° 21528)

This flat African mask, on which fine and regular lines are inscribed, is coated with ochre tukula powder.
Abraded matt patina. Height on base: 41 cm.
The Lele , neighbors of the Tschokwe and Pende, live in the west of the Kuba kingdom and share cultural specificities with the Bushoong of Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their society, led by a king " nymi ", includes three classes, that of the Tundu or war chiefs, the Batshwa ("those who reject the Tundu authority") and the Wongo named after the neighboring ethnic group. The ritual ceremonies are under the authority of the elders, chiefs of each village who hold the secrets of medicinal plants. These elders once formed, with the parents of twins, spiritual intermediaries, the bangang brotherhood responsible for the initation of the young. The carver is responsible for extracting palm wine, he also weaves raffia. He produces the ritual cups in which the palm wine is consumed to conclude an agreement.
Source: "Kuba", ed. 5continents, Binkley and Darish, "L'art africain", Mazenod; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm26
Width20 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Socle includedYes

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