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Jonga Mask (N° 17773)
This rare Jonga mask, whose volume gradually tightens, has protruding eyebrow arches, in the heart, under which small orifices appear the pupils. It has a rectangular mouth incised with teeth, giving it a ferocious appearance. A bichrome that is also observed on the statuary of the ethnic group animates the whole.
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as grainy matte-use aerospace. Slight desication crack. Erosions at the top.
The Mbole forment one of the many clans belonging to the Mongo Ethnic Group including the Bolia, Bokote, Bongandu, Ekonda, Mbole, Dengese, Nkutu, Ntomba, Kole, Sengele, Songomeno, Iyasa, Bakutu, Bakusu, Iyadjima (Iyaelima), Boyela and the Batetela. The latter are divided between the southern province of Ecuador (province) and the northern province of Bandundu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tribe of the group Mbole , the Jonga live in the forest south of the Mbolé, hunting and agriculture. Their artistic production, representing mainly ancestors, is little documented. All these groups had similar associations, including the male society Nkoumi among the Jonga, and initiation rituals in which masks were used. Their sculpture remains rare.
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|Origin||Coll. belge Pr. J. Putteneers|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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