Lega / Shi double mask, DRC ex Zaire. This... - Lot 134 - Arthema Auction

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Lega / Shi double mask, DRC ex Zaire. This... - Lot 134 - Arthema Auction
Lega / Shi double mask, DRC ex Zaire. This African mask features an inverted double face, said to be associated with primordial ancestors. It is coated with a thick layer of partially flaked white clay. Gray velvety patina. 27 x 15 cm Height on base: 50 cm Settled on the shores and islands of Lake Kivu, the Bashi, Omushi or Banyabungu form a western Bantu group that was later joined by Lega and pastoral populations from Rwanda. They live mainly from agriculture and cattle breeding. Cults of various origins form the basis of their religion. They venerate the souls of the departed: family ancestors, heroes, chiefs. Although the groups in this region produce little sculpture, the Shi have carved masks and a few objects associated with Lega rites. They are, however, renowned for their wide range of beautifully crafted utilitarian vessels. According to M.L. Félix: "100 People of Zaïre and their sculpture".
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