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Masque Yela (N° 17123)

This flat, circular mask was kept in a basket belonging to the secret society ekanga . His colorful engravings reflect the ritual body paintings or traditional scarifications. Very beautiful glossy gold patina, residual kaolin inlays. Height on a base: 50 cm.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and Yela are known for their statues, according to D. Biebuck, of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing those guilty of violations of the imposed rules to hang. These offences ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of condemned men had no funerals and were buried in the forest. It was during the end-of-initiation ceremonies, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues, presented lying on a litter box, were displayed. In addition to these figures, the Yela sculpt effigies of ancestors. The Yela worship spirits of nature and ancestors.  

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Originex-collection monégasque
EthnyYela
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm28
Width24 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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