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Mask Salampasu Mukinka (N° 18998)

Ex Italian African tribal art collection.
A bulbous forehead crowned with a wicker ring on which rest wicker balls, a hollowed-out diamond-shaped gaze, an imposing nose and sharp teeth make up this Mukinka mask of the Salampasu. Wide bands of gilded metal, applied in a dense network, criss-cross the surface. This ceremonial mask linked to the warrior society was displayed at funerals related to the previous initiations of the deceased. It also participated in initiation rites. Some of these masks were so feared that their name alone would frighten women and children away. Living from hunting and agriculture, 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 by the Tschokwe and the Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and the Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden masks kasangu and copper-covered masks mukinka , was associated with the warrior society mungongo (pl. bangongo ). The wearing of these masks depended on a large contribution of livestock, drinks, or other material goods from the aspirant who was initiated into esoteric knowledge by the other mask wearers. ( Africa , Prestel)  

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Originex-collection italienne
EthnySalampasu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal, vannerie
Height50
Width27
Weight1.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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