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Yela mask (N° 20266)

Intervening during the funerals of Lilwa dignitaries or used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals, these masks, are associated among the Yela with the ekanga society. They are then kept in a basket stored in a hut. The mask without a mouth is openwork on both sides of the nose. Velvety patina, punctuated with light granular residues, scattered, partially flaked.
The province of Lualaba had several closely related ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men. Biebuck, of hanged men, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had the custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa . Disgraced, the bodies of convicts were given no burial and were buried in the forest.  

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OriginColl. belge Pr J. Putteneers
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm33
Width20 cm
Weight0.66 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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