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Luba/Kanyok mask (N° 21134)
Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Rare mask with a spherical face surrounded by a collar, decorated with striated flat areas of contrasting colors. The grooves of the face could reproduce the facial paintings accompanying the initiation ceremonies.
According to Marc Léo Félix, this type of mask was used during the gatherings of the bambudye, a Luba fraternity associated with power.
Grainy matte patina locally chipped.
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The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, thus the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala, who had the old king Kongolo, who has since been venerated in the form of a python, die. In the sixteenth century they created a state, organized in decentralized chiefdoms, that stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chieftaincies cover a small territory with no real borders, and include no more than three villages.
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