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Yombe Mask (N° 24711)

Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
The African masks of the Yombe, naturalists, were used by the diviner nganga diphoba and by members of secret societies.
This type of mask, of which there are different variants, would be called Khimba, according to Marc Léo Félix. Abraded semi-matte patina, small accidents and minor desiccation cracks.
Height on base: 45 cm.
A clan of the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities. The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world.

Source: "the Kongo gesture" Ed. Dapper Museum and "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren; "The Soul of Africa" s.Diakonoff.


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OriginEx. coll. belge Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm30
Width22 cm
Weight1.35 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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