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Sundi mask (N° 22175)
The African masks naturalists of the Kongo clans.
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According to sources, these masks belonged to diviners or appeared during funeral rites.
Mask with a somewhat naive character, widely split with asymmetrical horizontal eyelids, giving it a particular charm. Matte polychromy.
Height on base: 38 cm.
The Vili , the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembe, the Bwende, the Yombé and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King ntotela . Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the trade in ivory, copper and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary endowed with a codified gesture in relation to their vision of the world.
In addition to their weapons and prestigious objects and their funerary sculpture, the Sundi made use, individually and collectively, of conjuration fetishes equipped with a magic charge.