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Nkaki Lwalwa Mask (N° 17414)

The triangle hairstyle is extended here with a straight nose, echoed by a tapered chin. The look is made up of rectangular incisions and a narrow mouth protrudes. The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become conductors and organize dances, including the balango, (also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks, appearing at night to preserve women, are displayed or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to soothe the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.  

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Originex-collection Caldwell E. - USA
EthnyLwaLwa
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height26
Width17
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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