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Songola Mask (N° 17583)

Rare mask of the Songola, whose features spring from an irregular flat surface. It brings together various stylistic indicators of the surrounding tribes, including the eyebrow arches in the heart of the Lega and the quadrangular, toothed mouth, of the Kumu. The forehead is coated with kaolin now chipped, the eyes and mouth are also highlighted by the same clear hold. Satin medium brown patina.
Mtêlés by marriage to the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are ruled by the elders of the lineages. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the institution Luhuna composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their Lega wives. The Songola live on hunting and fishing, they are involved in sculpture, although the objects associated with the cult of 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 as in the Lega. The masks such as our copy were used during the initiation rites Nsindi .  

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Originex-collection E. Caldwell - USA
EthnySongola
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width20
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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