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Kongo mask (N° 22510)
Sculpted in soft wood, this mask offers a harmoniously modeled face in which fine lines are inscribed. Small ears coated with kaolin stand out against the matte red ocher patina.
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Height on base: 37 cm.
Present along the Gabonese coast, the Vili broke away from the Kongo kingdom in the 16th century and the Loango kingdom became a powerful state. Now urbanized for the most part, they still integrate traditional associations, depending on the worship of ancestors such as Mbouiti or Bieri. Their masks are used by the Ndunga or Djembe association, but also for the funerals of dignitaries and during traditional initiations. Still others are reserved for diviners.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary endowed with codified gestures in keeping with their vision of the world.
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