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Lwalwa Mvondo Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Lualua Mask

The African masks Mfondo and Nkaki , with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate. The Nkaki is said to possess a nose that is lost in the hairstyle, sometimes extending into a crest. The Mvondo indeed has a shorter nose, here topped by a triangular hairstyle reproducing the angular forehead. Red ochre patina, misses and abrasions.
The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after undergoing Luba and Songye influence, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The male mask nkaki, carved from mulela wood, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their carvers: These artisans, according to their ...


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Lwalwa mask
Tribal art > African mask > Lwalwa mask

Italian African tribal art collection.
An angular forehead punctuates the diamond hairstyle of this African Lwalwa mask. The gaze is pierced with rectangles in a subtly concave face and the mouth projects under the powerful nose. The Mfondo and Nkaki masks, with their barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to distinguish, but the Mfondo would have a nose reminiscent of a hornbill beak.
Reddish brown patina often from berries (Bixa orellana). Orange highlights. Indigenous restoration at the top. Desication cracks.
The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa after having been influenced by Luba and Songye, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social ...


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Nkaki Lwalwa Mask
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The triangle hairstyle is extended here with a straight nose, echoed by a tapered chin. The look is made up of rectangular incisions and a narrow mouth protrudes. The Lwalwa live near the Kasai River, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their sculptors: These craftsmen, according to their merits, can become conductors and organize dances, including the balango, (also bangongo) during which acrobatics are performed by young dancers. These masks, appearing at night to preserve women, are displayed or worn ...


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Tabouret Lwalwa
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Tribal art > African Chair > Lualua Seat

The seat of this stool of dignitary, equipped with a handle, is here supported by three mfondo masks whose eyes are encrusted with cauris. The masks Mfondo and Nkaki, with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate, but the Mfondo would have a nose lost in the hairstyle. The multiple manipulations helped polish and polish the seat cove. Oiled black patina with underlying mahogany reflections, granular residue. Patina of abrased use.
This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks ...


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