Superb old and Rare Mbole mask from DRC
ex private collection, London, UK
The 150,000 Mbole get their name from their position vis-à-vie the river; “Mbole” means “the people from downstream”. They live on the left bank of the Zaire River, in the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They migrated to this forest region from the north of the Lualaba River during the 18th century. Politically each Mbole village is autonomous, headed by a chief chosen from the elders of each family. The women of the tribe are involved mainly in cultivating manioc and rice while the men hunt. Lilwa (libwe), a graded men's organization, dominates Mbole life. It supervises ritual, educational, judicial, social, political, and economic functions.
Abstract masks were used during the closing rite
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- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Democratic republic of Congo
- Feathers, Raphia, Wood
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 67×60×10 cm