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Tabouret Lwalwa (N° 18664)
The seat of this stool of dignitary, equipped with a handle, is here supported by three mfondo masks whose eyes are encrusted with cauris. The masks Mfondo and Nkaki, with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate, but the Mfondo would have a nose lost in the hairstyle. The multiple manipulations helped polish and polish the seat cove. Oiled black patina with underlying mahogany reflections, granular residue. Patina of abrased use.
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This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become conductors and organize dances, including the balango, (also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks, appearing at night to preserve women, are displayed or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to soothe the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.
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