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Kete Mask (N° 16470)

Spectacular by its conical pupils, the mask we present is of a classic type among Kete masks, with a geometric decoration, diamonds and stripes composed of contrasting natural pigments, ochre earth and white clay. The punctures under the eyes allowed the wearer's vision. The abraded patina, locally sained, and the internal footprints show frequent use.
The Kete, established between the Luba and songye, mingled with the Kuba and Tschokwe and derive their livelihood from hunting, net fishing, and agriculture. Their matrilineal society worships spirits named mungitchi by offerings and incantations. Believing in reincarnation, they also fear a supreme god called mboom. The rituals of their initiation societies are different from those of the Kuba. Some Kete villages once paid a tax to the king of Kuba. Groups borrowed masks from their neighbours or identified certain traits that they combined with their own creations. The rubbing oracles itoom are originally a Kete production.Their masks that are worn by the initiates or their instructors as appropriate are associated with initiation ceremonies and funeral rituals.  

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Origincollection Putteneers
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plumes
Height cm51
Width23 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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