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Mask Lumbu, Loumbo, Mbumba (N° 19048)

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.

Within the group named Shira ,the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and originating from the Congo kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic Congo, in the middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects. This rare mask with a face bleached with kaolin, evocation of a dead woman, was used during the Okuyi dance and ancestor worship, ritual practices they shared with the Punu. The face of this ancient mask has no scarification, the eyes are glazed like the works of the Kongo clans, the nose is flat, the mouth has a prominent lower lip, and the chin is pointed. The hair is separated on both sides by a thick braided parting. Among the numerous hair constructions of the Gabonese clans, the hairstyle Kodia represents the spiral shell of a snail. This symbol of life and genesis Kongo was taken up during the struggle for independence, women braiding their hair this way.
Among the Lumbu, the boyo is a local equivalent of the mwiri: it was responsible for maintaining order and making women obey. Especially at night, by the voice of a kazoo, he demanded fish and palm wine from the women, sometimes mats or loincloths. Locally abraded matt plychrome patina. Height on base: 42 cm.
"Punu". L.Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay.  

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyLumbu
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood, verre
Height32
Width20
Weight0.41 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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