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Lele Mask

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Price:
$0.00
SKU:
# 995 C
Weight:
5.00 LBS
Shipping:
$8.50 (Fixed shipping cost)


Product Description

Today the 250,000 members of the Kuba kingdom has subdivided into eighteen self sustaining tribes including the Bushoong, Ngeende, Kete, Lele, Binji, Dengese, Mbuun and Wongo. Each tribe pays annual tribute to the Nyim, the king of the Bushoong. The 30,000 or so Kuba sub group called the Lele occupy the western region of the Kuba kingdom. Not much is really known about their tribal organization and spiritual practices. They do sustain themselves by hunting and by engaging in agricultural endeavors. They have a small array of specially designed prestigious masks reserved for important occasions. Most of the artwork such as the offering here on display, has been heavily influenced by other Kuba people mainly the Songye and Luba people as evidenced by the "X" that is the centerpiece of the coif.  The mask on display is generally hung in a private home to represent a favored female ancestor.  Brown, black and tan pigment has been applied to the face of this wooden mask.

A small authentic Africa decor accent!

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Dimensions: 10 1/4 inches long x 5 inches wide.

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