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Zombo circumcision mask (N° 17711)

Neighbours of the Yaka, Nkanu and Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, on the border of Angola, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their soothsayers use fetishes similar to those of the Kongo, but the ceremonies associated with the initiation rites stem from Yaka traditions. Fetish sculptures are used by ngangas to protect against evil, heal or cause luck, wealth and fertility. Men's circumcision ceremonies nzo longo are accompanied by masked dances. These rituals take place around the retreat of young people, during several months, during which the necessities of social, village and religious life will be taught to them. This mask, topped with a curved tubular growth evoking a horn, is divided into contrasting colour zones. A small rounded mouth also protrudes. A thick raffia beard is still well preserved.  

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OriginCollection Mercier
EthnyZombo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height73
Width26
Weight1.50 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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