Mask Mukanda Mweelu - Yaka - Congo DRC

Mask Mukanda Mweelu - Yaka - Congo DRC
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

+/- 55 cm (without the raffia).
This mask comes from the private collection of Mr. Kanté, manager of the former Mafaya Gallery in Brussels.
Her late husband was one of the pioneers who established a gallery in the neighbourhood of Sablon in the 1970s, he crossed the African bush, seeking for treasures of African art. At the end of a long career which lasted several decades, the couple has gathered an exceptional collection which we are now offering for sale.

The initiation of young boys into adulthood is central within the ceremonial cycle of the Yaka.
Yaka boys considered to be ready for initiation (named Tundansi) are brought to a camp, outside of the main village. They are then circumcised, ragged and many names are attributed to them. Necessary knowledge to become a man is transmitted to them (hunting, sex).
During circumcision dancing shows (Kinkanda), the initiates wear special masks, whereas only the teachers are allowed to wear the ritual masks of Mukanda ceremonies, like this one.
To mark the end of this initiatory period, festivities are organised, in which initiates perform with recently carved masks.

The rituals are organised by the main secret societies: the Ngoni and the Yiwilla.
The zoomorphic Mweelu initiate's mask, which reminds the owl, was worn during these ceremonies. And there are many others, of the Kholuka, the Ndeemba types, etc., among the Yaka and the Suku.

Shipment within 24 working hours.
Track & trace included.
With acknowledgement of receipt.

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Lot details
Mask Mukanda Mweelu
Region/ country
Congo DRC
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
55×0×0 cm
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