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Zombo mask (N° 21467)

Ex. Belgian African Art Collection.
The nzo longo male circumcision ceremonies of the Zombo are accompanied by masked dances. These rituals take place around the retreat of the young, for several months, during which the necessities of social, village and religious life will be taught to them.
This mask topped by a rounded visor crest is divided into areas of contrasting colors. The nose, eye sockets and mouth are delicately carved. An abundant ornament of raffia accompanies the whole. Velvety pigmented patina. Height on base: 51 cm.

Neighbors of the Yaka , the Nkanu and the Kongo in the west of the former Zaire, on the border with Angola, the Zombo fear, like the Kongo clans, the god named Nzambi. Their diviners use fetishes comparable to those of the Kongo, the ceremonies associated with initiation rites, however, derive from Yaka traditions. Fetish carvings are used by the ngangas to protect against bad luck, heal or bring about good luck, wealth and fertility.

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OriginEx. collection belge Mercier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm35
Width30 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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