Kongo mask, DRC This African mask was used... - Lot 147 - Arthema Auction

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Kongo mask, DRC This African mask was used... - Lot 147 - Arthema Auction
Kongo mask, DRC This African mask was used by the nganga, the priest-devin. A mediator's mask, it was also used in initiation processes, as well as by the fetishist during healing rituals. At the same time, it could be used to identify individuals whose actions could disrupt community harmony. Beautiful satin-finish patina, polychrome highlights. 30 x 15 cm Sold without base In the 13th century, the Kongo people, led by their king Ne Kongo , settled in a region at the crossroads of today's DRC, Angola and Gabon. Two centuries later, the Portuguese made contact with the Kongo and converted their king to Christianity. Although monarchical, the Kongo political system had a democratic aspect, as the king was actually placed at the head of the kingdom following an election held by a council of tribal governors. This king, also known as ntotela, controlled the appointment of court and provincial officials. Belonging to the Kongo group, the Yombe are established on the West African coast, in the south-west of the Republic of Congo and in Angola. Their statuary includes remarkable maternities.
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