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Kongo Yombe Mask (N° 17317)

This realistic African mask, made of light light wood, was the preserve of nganga, priest-soothsayer who sought to promote his psychic abilities by taking hallucinogenic substances. The dotted surface refers to ritual paintings. These types of masks were called ngobudi in reference to something appalling, terrifying. The headdress could be the chef's badge of the mpu cap in woven pineapple fibers.
restal satinpatine. Shard on the posterior outline.
These masks, also present in initiation processes, were used by fetishists during healing rituals. At the same time, they were also used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo , settled in a region at the crossroads of the borders between present-day DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese came into contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect because the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. This king, also known as ntotela , controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm28
Width14 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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