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Mask Salampasu Mukinka (N° 17863)

Wearing wicker balls and extended with a raffia braid, this African mask is linked to the ceremonies and initiation rites of the warrior society. He also appeared at funerals in connection with the deceased's previous initiations, and in many cases for a fee. The power of some masks was also so feared that their name alone caused women and children to flee. These masks are distinguished by their bulbous forehead, wide nose and mouth revealing cut teeth. This ferocious-looking model stands out for the size of the protruding forehead and tubular ears. Posterior crack of the headdress. Referenced under the number 743 in the collection of the former owner.
Shunting and farming, warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south of the Tschokwe and Lunda, and to the north and east of Kete and Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden masks kasangu and copper-covered masks mukinka , was associated with the society of warriors mungongo (pl. bangongo). The wearing of these masks depended on a large contribution of livestock, beverages, or other material goods on the part of the aspirant who was introduced to esoteric knowledge on the part of other mask carriers. ( Africa , Prestel)  

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Origincollection privée belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, vannerie
Height cm53
Depth20 cm
Width24 cm
Weight2.56 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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