Height: 35 cm
Provenance: private collection, Belgium.
A passionate about Congolese art (tribal and colonial) who collected the fabulous set of diverse and varied objects.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Angola, the Lwalu (some sources use “Lwalwa”) are mainly known as masks producers.
Sculptors occupy a privileged place within the society (like community chiefs) and are responsible for the initiation and circumcision of young men and boys.
During these initiation ceremonies, they are also in charge of the creation of masks used by the secret Ngongo society (also named Bangongo).
This mask has a hairdo named shinsompolo.
The created masks are worn in masquerades, in nocturnal representations and appear in groups of ten, to celebrate the circumcision of young initiates.
In these, when humans were still sacrificed, it is said that the masked dancers would appease the spirits of the victims and obtain their help as intermediaries between the kingdom of the living and that of the spirits.
According to some sources, the Ngongo masks are also danced to ward off misfortune during hunting.
There is a crack on the face of the mask, have a look at the pictures.
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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, USA, Dogon, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.
- 剛果民主共和國 DRC
- 35×0×0 cm