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Nsindi Songola Mask (N° 18818)

Ex-American African tribal art collection.
Recalling a famous painting by Munch, this flat mask presents a bloodless face, with small circular eyes housed under eyebrow arches carved in heart, and provided with a gaping mouth that seems indeed to emit a cry. Heterogeneous brown patina, granular residues, cracks of desiccation. Height on pedestal: 51 cm.
Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola or Babili , or Goa , are governed by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live from hunting and fishing, they are engaged in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of the Bwami come from the Lega. Among their reduced statuary, the figures of ancestors of the Nsubi society evoke those of the Mbole, other sculptures were kept in baskets like those of the Lega. Masks such as our copy were used during initiation rites Nsindi .  

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OriginEx-collection E. Caldwell - USA
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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