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Vili Lumbu mask (N° 21106)

Ex Belgian African tribal art collection.

Within the group named Shira ,the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and originally from the Congo kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the middle Ogooue. This rare mask with a face whitened with kaolin, devoid of scarification marks and therefore masculine, was performed during initiation ceremonies. The Punu and Lumbu also have white masks of the same type for neighboring groups, such as the Vili. Among the Lumbu, the boyo is a local equivalent of the mwiri: he was responsible for maintaining order and making the women obey. Appearing especially at night, through the voice of a mirliton, he demanded fish and palm wine from the women, sometimes mats or loincloths.
Polychrome matte patina, abrasions.
"Punu". L.Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay; "Art and Kongos" M.L. Félix.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyLumbu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width17
Weight0.54 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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