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Mbagani Mask, Babindi (N° 18171)

Although characteristic of the Mbagani, Babindji, the oversized sockets coated with kaolin stretch to the contours of the mask. The triangular nose, the projection volumes of the mouth and curved chin also form distinctive elements of the Mbagani , from the group Mpasu now extinct, and itself a subgroup of Lulua, or Béna Lulua, and of which also the Salampasu . They form the Ding a group of 50,000 individuals established in R.D.C. near the Angolan border. They were marked by the influence of their neighbours Lunda and former occupiers Tchokwé . Organized into small independent chiefdoms, they mainly grow maize, with women embroidering textiles woven by men. Masks would be associated with healing rites. Glossy dark patina and thick layer of locally abraded kaolin. (Black African Tribal Art, J.B.BACQUART)  

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OriginEx-collection E. Caldwell - USA
EthnyMbagani
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width21
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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