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Kongo Yombe or Vili Mask (N° 16871)

This African mask was used by the nganga, soothsayer priest. A mediator mask, also present in the initiation processes, it was also used by the fetishist during healing rituals. At the same time, it could be used to identify individuals who, through their actions, could disturb the harmony of the community. Light wood with a patina of kaolin of which there are still some film residues.
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. The Yombe , part of the Kongo group, are established on the west coast of Africa, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternity.  

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OriginRozier 1964 - Mercier 1987
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height29
Width20
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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