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Mask Ngongo munene Ding, Dinga (N° 17781)

The copper mask ngongo munene , which could not be seen by women and children, participates in ancestor cults, rites of passage, and major funeral ceremonies. Originally tukongo rosette motifs, depicting the scarifications found on the lwalwa masks also used by the group, adorn this mask embodying the leader. The mask is then protected in a carpet and kept by dignitaries in a particular hut.

Highte: 50 cm.
Originally established on the east bank of the Lulua River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they were driven out by the lulua expansion to Kasai, around Tsishenge, among the Tschokwe. These descendants of the Tukongo are also very close to the Lwalwa with whom they would have common ancestors. Mainly farmers, they grow cassava, peas, maize and yam. They also live from hunting and fishing, but their particularity lies in the commercial production of tukula. Besides the worship of the spirits of ancestors, they believe in a god named Mvidie Mukulu and an omniscient creator Nzambi. The men's initiation ceremonies, mukanda , come from the Tschokwe. Their sculptural production is very few.  

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyDing, Dinga
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)alliage de copper
Height31
Width19
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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