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Masque facial Yela
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Yela

Circular, convex mask, whose surface is hollowed out with large grooves coated with burgundy and black pigments. These large bands could correspond to the ritual paintings of the group. The discreet figuration, thanks to nicks, nose and mouth remains unusual. Grainy matte patina. Height on a base: 38 cm.
The Tetela and Yela groups are of Mongo origin and are neighbours. The sculpture of the Tetela takes various forms, borrowed from the clans they rub shoulders with, among which inspirations are reflected with polychrome works. Several ethnic groups divided into lineages live closely intertwined in central Zaire: the Mbole, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko, and have similar associations. This proximity has generated some stylistic borrowings. Their artistic production has great analogies ...


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Masque Tetela Mwadi
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Tetela

Scattered in the Kasai basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbors. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the north, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye in the southwest. Their fetishes are kept out of sight. Animists, they seek to appease and direct the elements thanks to the sorcerer Wichi and the priest Umpa. Their traditional currency of exchange, dikonga, in the form of spearheads, has also helped to make ...


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Masque facial Tetela / Yela
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Tetela

Circular, convex mask, its surface is decorated with large colored grooves red burgundy and black. These large bands could correspond to the ritual paintings of the group. The discreet figuration, thanks to nicks, nose and mouth remains unusual. Grainy matte patina.
The Tetela and Yela groups are of Mongo origin and are neighbours. The sculpture of the Tetela takes various forms, borrowed from the clans they rub shoulders with, among which inspirations are reflected with polychrome works. Several ethnic groups divided into lineages live closely intertwined in central Zaire: the Mbole, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko, and have similar associations. This proximity has generated some stylistic borrowings. Their artistic production has great analogies with that of the Metoko and the Lengola. ...

Masque Tetela
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Tetela

Scattered in the Kasai Basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of unrelenting conflicts with their neighbours. They also played a great deal in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living on their contact: in the North, their art was subject to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, to the northwest that of the Nkutschu, and to the west that of the Binji and Mputu. Kuba traditions were also a source of inspiration, as were songy traditions in the southwest. Their fetishes are kept out of sight. Animists, they seek to appease and direct the elements through the sorcerer Wichi and the priest Umpa. Their traditional currency of exchange, " dikonga", in the form of spearheads, has also helped to make known the talent ...


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